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SDSU’s sex grades improve

October 28, 2009 - 11:50 am

437px-Surgeon_Sage_SaysIn this week’s print edition, CityBeat’s got the drugs and the rock and roll. Now here’s the sex.

Each year, Trojan—the condom company—releases a report card on university sexual health resources.  In 2008, San Diego State University scored abysmally, coming it at 105 out of 141 colleges surveyed.

This year, SDSU jumped 72 spots to become the 33rd best, according to Sperling’s BestPlaces, the independent research firm contracted for the study.

Angela Basham, a sexual health educator in SDSU’s Student Health Services department, credits an increase in peer health educators, 35-40 of them, who have “saturated” the greek houses, the athletic teams and freshman orientation classes with information on birth control and STD prevention.

Basham’s own “Ask Angela: Sexpert” table has also drawn crowds in the quad as has the “Family PACT” program, which has  distributed “thousands” of free condoms over the last year.

As for why SDSU flunked last year:

“I think some of it was a lack of information; [students] didn’t know where to go, who to talk to or where to get birth control,” Basham said. “With that new program, that changed things dramatically. When students can get [birth control] for free, they’re here all the time.”

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