Human immunodeficiency syndrome, or HIV, is an infection which attacks the body’s immune system. This infection is spread primarily through intercourse and blood exchanges, and can lead to acquired human immunodeficiency syndrome, better known as AIDS. This disease is incurable, and if left untreated will lead to an inevitable death. Since the discovery of the virus in the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic has remained a critical public health issue, especially for adolescents. “People under age 25 account for almost half of the 19 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are diagnosed each year”(Certain, et al). The disproportionate impact of sexually transmitted infections on adolescents signals that something must change, and a wise place to start would be in college restrooms. While Camden County College is a commuter college and condoms are commonly available for purchase in local store...
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... is morally correct or socially acceptable. That is, simply put, not the administration’s problem. The fact is, regardless of how fervently one may preach for abstinence, there will always be those who disagree and disregard such advice, and they will make their own sexual choices accordingly. Installing condom dispensers in bathrooms will simply encourage students to have safer sex, ideally lowering the rate of sexually transmitted infections on campus.
While college administrators have no place in making moral judgments about the intimate aspects of students’ lives, student health and safety should absolutely be a priority to the College Administration. Doing what is possible to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections is vital to the health of students and the public, and that is why installing condom dispensers in campus bathrooms was a wise decision.
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