College is notoriously known as four years of sexually promiscuous exploration, and while it’s important to find yourself during college, whether in academics or “extra-curricular academics,” it’s important to be responsible.
Let’s put it this way: if you go to your calculus exam unprepared, your irresponsible study habits will produce negative consequences. Similarly, if you go to bed with that cute co-ed without taking the right precautions, there may be repercussions as well.
The study, sponsored by Trojan condoms, evaluated 140 universities based on the following criteria: availability of sexual health resources, access to contraceptives, STD testing and HIV testing, and students’ attitudes towards sex.
Columbia University was awarded the #1 spot for the second year in a row. Here are 2011’s top 10 most sexually healthy colleges:
- Columbia University
- University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
- Princeton University
- Brown University
- Oregon State University
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
- Colorado State University
- University of Florida
- University of Iowa
- University of South Carolina (Columbia)
But unfortunately, with the good, comes the bad. Here are the 10 least sexually healthy colleges:
131. Baylor University
132. St. John’s University – New York
133. New Mexico State University
134. Providence College
135. Troy State University
136. Seton Hall University
137. Chicago State University
138. U.S. Air Force Academy
139. Brigham Young University
140. DePaul University
Since college-aged young adults are at a high risk for STDs, unplanned pregnancies, and other sexual health issues, it’s important for a campus to have resources in place. Sex education is just one facet to a well-rounded education!
But here’s the bottom line: you don’t need to go to an Ivy League school to have grade A sexual health. Resources, such as getSTDtested.com, offer private STD testing and counselors to answer any questions about your health. Using condoms and STD testing is the best way to protect your sexual health, so when back-to-school shopping, don’t forget a box of condoms and an STD test!