Here’s a great idea that every university should learn from: a vending machine that dispenses condoms and morning after pills! Since recent studies have shown that over half of college students report having sex with new partners with NO condom, the safe sex vending machines might attract more customers than junk food machines!
Available over the counter since 2013, the Plan B pills will keep those pesky hook-up sperm from entering your temple of love. The pill is most effective when used 24-48 hours after doing the deed, but is still effective up to five days afterwards, with diminished effectiveness each day. The biggest side-effect is nausea, and the pill is a bit pricey; $50 (also available at Walgreens and Target), but a small price to pay for not having to be preggers for nine months when you hadn’t planned on it.
According to KTXL news in Davis, Ca, the “Wellness To Go” machine was installed in a campus activities study room. In addition to Plan B, it offers condoms, tampons, Azo, Advil, and pregnancy tests for anyone freaking out about having condomless sex.
“The vending machine is a result of two years work by former UC Davis student Parteek Singh. “The more skeptical and negativity I got from other people like ‘oh it’s not gonna happen,’ kind of pushed me more,” Singh said.
Under the Obama Administration in 2013, Plan B became available to women of all ages without a prescription.
The vending machine has caused a bit of controversy on campus, but the safe sex discussion is needed more than anything.
“It is promoting like oh hey, go and have unsafe sex because then you have a backup option and its gonna be cheaper,” UC Davis student Jordan Herrera told KTXL news.
Other students have no problem with it. “It’s a great thing for women,” KC Cui said.
UC Davis is one of four campuses nationwide to have the “emergency contraception machine.”
Vending machines dispensing condoms, sex toys, and even sex dolls first appeared on Japanese streets but never caught on in the U.S. At the Rio Olympics, 450,000 condoms were made and distributed via vending machines (for a little “pole vaulting.”)
Recently, Lifestyles Condoms erected a condom machine at San Francisco State. The condoms are free, but students must first answer 5 questions about sexual health to get a free one. Their campaign is called “Smart = Sexy.”
“I feel like every college should have this,” says Singh.