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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 02, 2012 7:20 AM

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For the love of latex

I first want to thank you for Wednesday's editorial — we greatly appreciate student feedback. We strive to meet the needs of our students, and listening to your voice helps us provide better services.

A couple years ago, we received quite a bit of feedback from students expressing concerns about our condom selection. At that time, we only offered a couple different brands: Durex and Lifestyle. Since then, we have purchased more variety. Our current stock of condoms contain: Trustex, Durex, Lifestyle, XL, Iron Grip, flavored, ribbed, glow in the dark, ultra-sensitive, ONE, and Atlas. When purchasing condoms, we always refer to consumer reports and research as to which condoms are the most reliable.

With your feedback, we will incorporate Trojan condoms into the mix.

Additionally, we offer safer sex supplies that go beyond condoms. Student Health offers free dental dams, lube, and female condoms. We encourage any student to stop by either Student Health Service in the Westlawn Building or the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center to pick up safer sex supplies. A sexual-health educator is available as well, to answer your sexual-health questions.

There seems to be a little confusion about the "Avoid the Stork" campaign. Avoid the Stork is a program funded by the Iowa Initiative, based in Des Moines, and it aims to reduce the high rate of unintended pregnancies. The University of Iowa was one of many institutions to collaborate with it by helping it hand out its stork condoms and other products. We are very appreciative for the resources it has provided and very grateful for the partnership.

On Feb. 17, Health Iowa staff from Student Health and health-promotion students will hit the Pedestrian Mall, passing out safer sex supplies to students from 9 p.m. to midnight for our annual condom crawl. We wish to extend an invitation to the DI Editorial Board to help us hand out safer sex supplies. We welcome the opportunity to partner with DI staff to see firsthand the services we provide and all the great interactions we have with UI students.

Steph Beecher
sexual-health educator, UI Student Health Service


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