How did your university do on the Superdrug Sexual Health Report Card?By Sj.Cliff
The most popular methods of contraception amongst young adults in the UK are the contraceptive pill and condoms. Two thirds of the female population from the ages of 20-24 uses the pill as their main means of contraception.
According to fpa.org.uk the pill first became available in Great Britain in 1961. The number of women using the pill rose from around 50,000 to one million from 1962-1969 and was still on the rise in the year 2000 with over three million women using it. Although condoms protect against STI’s, they have been known to fail against unplanned pregnancies with some people becoming pregnant despite the use of condoms during sexual intercourse. This is perhaps why the contraceptive pill has become so popular.
Recently, Superdrug Online Doctor has published the Sexual Health Report Card which essentially classifies universities across the country according to the sexual health services they offer including providing information on contraception and even giving away free condoms at the student union. According to the Sexual Health Report Card, the majority of universities examined offer important sexual health services and strive to educate students on the benefits of contraception.
The University of Nottingham and St. Georges University of London scored particularly high on the score board, offering students excellent sexual health services including sexual health promotion and testing days. Despite the fact that many universities did exceptionally well, some others could potentially take more steps toward increasing awareness among students to promote a proactive culture. This however could be down to the cuts in funds for sexual health services in 2013.
Bristol University scored the highest marks in the score board, achieving the highest grade in six out of the nine categories. They did particularly well in the ‘Sexual Health Information Found on Campus’ and the ‘Sexual Health Events and STI Testing’ categories.