Held and Julie Marten, Reproductive Peer Educators in Delzell Hall, have
organized a Condom Club—sponsored by Student Health Services—that supplies
interested students with condoms and advice on sexual safety.
Feb. 5, information about the Condom Club has been appearing in the student
edition of the Campus Announcements. The announcements advertise a punch card
that students can buy for $5. The cards are worth five punches, and each punch
is worth five condoms, meaning that for $5 a student will receive 25 condoms.
and Marten were inspired to start this organization after visiting the
American College of Health Association Convention in Chicago last year.
Students, doctors, and lab technicians attended the conference and offered
insights and suggestions for reproductive resources and their presence on
saw other schools were doing this. I think we need to promote condom awareness
here, too,” Held said. “It’s definitely about caring about yourself and the
people you’re having interactions with.”
Women’s Resource Center has offered condoms to students for free for years,
which leaves a lot of members and students wondering why students would pay for
a punch card.
a student, I know I can get condoms for free, so why would I pay,” Stephanie
Roland, a student that visited the Women’s Resource Center table in the Dreyfus
University Center, said, gesturing to the jars of condoms on the table.
good that they are supporting safe sex, I just don’t think students should
have to pay for condoms,” Women’s Resource Center member Jeanna Mielcarek said.
“We have boxes of condoms and there’s always the opportunity to get more.”
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point allocates grant money to the WRC for
condom purchase, whereas the Condom Club uses the money paid for punch cards to
fund their condom purchase.
think we’re both good resources,” Marten said. “But the condom club is more
the opposing views about paying for condoms, the WRC and the Condom Club are
working together to promote STD/STI Week, which will take place from April 1 to
focus of that week will be to point out the difference between STDs (which are
chronic) and STIs (which are curable). STD and STI screenings will be held at
Delzell, and will be free for students.
completely discreet. They can just come in to the clinic, pee in a cup, leave
and wait for their results,” Held said. “We’re also trying to organize
different hall programs, too. We hope to collaborate eventually with the
Women’s Resource Center more in the future.”
said that she is hopeful students will turn out to join the club on Valentine’s
think students like the sound of a club, and I’m hoping our slogan ‘No Glove,
No Love’ will catch on and promote awareness about sexual protection,” Marten
to Marten, the Condom Club has had 30 students join within this first week. The
Condom Club and Reproductive Peer Educators offices are located on the first
floor of Delzell Hall. Marten said that there are many signs pointing to the
Condom Club office.
WRC will be organizing condom gift bags and distributing the around the
downtown bar area tonight for Valentine’s Day.