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October 08, 2010 11:00 AM Sexually “Healthy” Colleges

By Daniel Luzer

Despite the fact that so many of its students are apparently drug addled, Columbia University is the most sexually healthy campuses in the nation. According to a piece in PR Newswire:

New research from the makers of Trojan brand condoms, Sperling’s BestPlaces and Rock the Vote shed light on the state of sexual health at American colleges and universities.
The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, is an annual ranking of sexual health at American colleges and universities, and saw Columbia University take top honors as the most sexually healthy campus in 2010. Consistently high scores across all categories measured contributed to the school’s rise from No. 4 last year and No. 2 in 2008.

The sexual health survey measured things like the hours campus health centers are open, price and availability of contraceptives, and the “existence of student peer groups.”

The research did not actually look any of the things one might normally associate with sexual health like, say, average number of sexual partners, prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, and frequency of unwanted pregnancies.

One of the country’s least sexually healthy colleges, according to the article, was Utah’s Mormon-affiliated Brigham Young University.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer