By Donte Medder |Staff Writer|
One of the many outlets for helping students on campus is the Family Pact treatment center located inside the Student Health Center on campus.
Family Pact provides health services for students on campus, mostly dealing with sexually active students.
The organization gives education on family planning and counseling, birth control methods, STI counseling including HIV, STI screening and treatment, pregnancy testing and counseling and some cancer screening and referrals.
The best part is if you qualify all services are at no cost.
The motto of Family Pact is, “Do it for yourself, for your family, for your future.”
This is important because some students believe they do not have a reason to check into a place like this.
In actuality, the facts are students need to lean on a service like this.
Students should take advantage of this not only because these services are being offered for free, but because it is good to know about their health.
According to sciencedaily.com, 77 percent of students nationwide have been sexually active, and of those 77 percent, 72 percent have been active within the past 12 months.
Sexual intercourse is a natural urge, but if it is done casually, it is important to take precautionary steps for the benefit of everyone.
With this being said, only 54 percent of students regularly use condoms during vaginal intercourse.
The numbers drop to 29 percent during anal intercourse and only 4 percent of college students use condoms during oral sex, all according to EliteDaily.com.
This attests to EliteDaily’s study which found that one in every four college students has some form of STD.
With these numbers so high, students need some place where they can do their part to help this situation.
Eighty percent of people who have a sexually transmitted disease experience no noticeable symptoms.
Many fear the truth, but knowledge of their situation can help them as well as their future partners.
Family Pact provides an environment that is comforting to students who need help.
Everything is confidential as they do not even allow texting inside of the health center. Everyone is free from judgment.
One anonymous student gave her testimony and only gave praise to the organization.
“The environment was very comforting, the counselor brought up topics that I was afraid to ask so she made me very comfortable and I learned a lot,” she said.
Family Pact allowed this student to ask someone many of the questions she had built up without being judged. It gave the student an outlet for the emotions she had built up inside as well.
The service provider also gave the supplies needed for the specific problem and gave lessons on how to use them correctly.
Counseling was given on what and what not to do and a bond was formed to where the student could lean on the counselor for support. Take away the fear, ignorance can only hurt more people in this situation; the Family Pact can benefit you in the end.