CONDOMS ARE COOL
PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR PARTNER
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), male latex condoms are highly effective when used consistently and correctly, in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV and many other STDs. Condoms are also the only method of protection that prevent both pregnancy and disease.
Tips for Condom Use:
- Check the label of the condom before using and don’t use it if it is past the labeled expiration date or if it is over five years past the manufacture date.
- If the condom is ripped or looks dry, brittle, stiff, or sticky, it also shouldn’t be used. Keeping a few spares on hand is a good idea in case one rips while being opened or put on.
- Condoms should be kept in a cool, dry place to prevent breakage or leakage. Don’t store condoms in a location that can get very hot, like in your car.
- If you keep a condom in your wallet or purse, replace it with a new one on a regular basis.
DRINKING: KNOW YOUR LIMITS
To avoid binge drinking and its consequences, college students are advised
to track the number of drinks they consume over a given period of time. This is why it’s important to know exactly what counts as a drink.
In the United States, a standard drink is one that contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is found in:
- 12 ounces of beer with 5% alcohol content
- 5 ounces of wine with 12% alcohol content
- 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits with 40% alcohol content
Be aware that although the “standard” drink amounts are helpful for
following health guidelines, they may not reflect customary serving sizes.
A large cup of beer, an overpoured glass of wine, or a single mixed drink could contain much more alcohol than a standard drink. In addition, while the alcohol concentrations listed are “typical,” there is considerable in alcohol content within each type of beverage (e.g., beer, wine, distilled spirits).
TIP: HOW TO PREVENT SOMEONE FROM DRIVING DRUNK
- Be as non-confrontational as possible.
- Suggest alternate ways of getting to their destination — a cab, a sober driver, public transportation.
- Remember that the person you are talking to is impaired — talk a bit more slowly and explain things more fully than if you were speaking to a sober person.
- Explain that you don’t want them to drive because you care and you don’t want them to hurt themselves or others.
- Suggest that they sleep over.
- Enlist a friend to help you or to act as moral support — it’s more difficult to say “no” to two (or three or four) people than one.
- If possible, get the person’s keys. It is far easier to persuade the potential driver when you hold this leverage.
- If all else fails, call law enforcement. It’s better to have a friend arrested than injured or killed.
PREVENT DATE RAPE
PREVENT DATE RAPE BY ROOFIES
What are date rape drugs?
Date rape drugs are drugs used to facilitate a sexual assault. A victim of date rape drugs often unknowingly ingests one of these colorless, odorless, tasteless drugs after it has been slipped into their drink. These drugs can cause dizziness, disorientation, loss of inhibition, and loss of consciousness. These drugs are also known to cause amnesia, which can make it difficult for a victim to recall if a crime has occurred.
- GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid)
- Rohypnol (flunitrazepam)
- Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride)
In general, these drugs cause sedation and amnesia. Approximately 10 to 20 minutes after ingestion, the victim may feel dizzy, disoriented, and occasionally nauseous. The person may have difficulty speaking and moving, and eventually may pass out. Generally, the victim will have no memory of what happened while under the drug’s influence. The effects of the drugs can last anywhere from two to eight hours. In addition to rendering the victim very vulnerable to sexual assault, these drugs can also pose extremely serious health risks. These can include liver failure, seizures, potentially fatal respiratory problems and coma.
If you suspect you have been drugged
- Get help immediately. Either go to a hospital or contact the police (on campus or the local police department).
- If possible, don’t urinate before getting help. A urine test may be used to determine if a drug is in your body.
PARTY SMART & SAFE!
There are simple steps that can help reduce the risks of a substance-related sexual assault:
- Do not leave beverages unattended.
- Do not take any beverages, including alcohol, from someone you do not know well and trust.
- At a bar or club, accept drinks only from the bartender, waiter or waitress. If someone offers to buy you a drink, go with them to the bar and watch the bartender make your drink.
- Do not accept open container drinks from anyone. (This includes punch bowls.)
- Be alert to the behavior of friends. Anyone appearing disproportionately intoxicated in relation to the amount of alcohol they have consumed may have consumed a tampered beverage.
- Anyone who suspects that they have ingested a tampered drink or sedative-like substance should be taken to a hospital emergency room or should call 911 for an ambulance. Be sure to ask for a urine sample and try to keep a sample of the beverage for analysis.
- Party in groups, never leave a party without accounting for those you came with and always plan a safe ride home.