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College students and contraceptives

By Amanda Leon
On November 28, 2012

 College students use contraceptives for a variety of reasons.
According to an ABC News survey, 63 percent of males expressed favorable attitudes to having sexual hookups, whereas females only represented 45 percent.
In this day and age, the younger generation is constantly bombarded by sexualized images through media such as the Internet, television, music and film. College students, in particular, are most affected.
Students at Prairie View A&M University have various reasons about why they are using contraceptives or not.
For some, the best route to take is to just not engage in sexual activities at all. Students choose abstinence or celibacy as an alternative for many different reasons, however the most prominent is religious.
Freshman chemical engineering major Angelica Saldazar said, "I grew up in the Catholic church. I have always been taught to wait until marriage and I plan to stick to that."
Those engaging in sexual activities have other standards, depending on the understanding, quality of relationship, or standing the individuals have.
Sophomore nursing major Chelsea Lemon said, "Most people who are not in a relationship choose to use condoms or birth control to prevent pregnancy and getting diseases. I know a lot of people that are in relationships who choose not to because of how much they trust each other."
Students all across the nation should talk to their personal health care professionals about their options and the safest way to go about protecting themselves and their partners.  

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