This past week’s events, collectively known as “Sex Week” at Yale University, had a lot of positive response from its attendees. The event’s main speaker was Maryann Abbott, who is a project director for the Multi-Level Female Condom Project at the Institute for Community Research and a colleague, Mary Price, was another key speaker who discussed the topics of Female Condom use.
Abbott stated sobering statistics: women are far likelier to become infected with a sexually-transmitted disease (most notably HIV/AIDS). Her main aim this past week was to educate women on the options that they, as women, could take upon themselves to utilize in order to do their part in preventing disease.
The use of microbicides to synonymously attempt to eradicate STIs along with standard prophylactics turned out to be a hot topic. microbicides, if you’re unaware, can be an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or an antibiotic compound and can be used for varying reasons — now, most notably, HIV prevention. While trials are still ongoing, scientists believe that certain microbicides can and will be available to the public as an option to combat sexually-transmitted infections. The most recent studies show that microbicides are approximately thirty percent effective.
The Female Condom 1 and 2 were also discussed. Most attendees stated that they had, indeed, used the female condom and were impressed with the results of the FC2 as opposed to the FC1. Women stated that the FC2 had a less invasive squeaking noise and was more comfortable to wear. The Female Condom’s second edition can also be inserted into the vagina up to eight hours prior to intercourse. Mary Price states that many men don’t even “notice” the inserted polyurethane-type condom.
Price also stated that awareness on the topic of Female Condom use is a necessity and claims her aim is to supply education and “provide alternatives for women who cannot convince their partners to wear a condom.” … And at that I cringe. What the hell is a woman doing with a partner who refuses to wear a condom upon her request? While it’s evident that such things happen, this is a women’s awareness conference — shouldn’t a little feminism be injected into this particular agenda, or hell, even a little more self-awareness in a relationship role?
Regardless, I think it’s a fabulous thing that discussions such as these are upheld and revered in the public arena and that this information is readily available to women (and men) in every varying circumstance. While I’m sure Yale U made it a priority to educate their student body on the varying degrees of personal, sexual protection, I can also appreciate the fact that they’ve also made it a personal goal to inform people at disadvantages about sex ed and make them privy to this information as well. Seems like Yale’s got a nice, well-rounded lot of information that could definitely be of some use to the public — namely women. Sex Week was open to the public as of this past Friday and will remain in session until Sunday, February 14th — appropriately Valentine’s Day.
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