‘Cover Your Lover’ this Valentine’s Day

By Jessica Joseph
Guest Writer

February 7, 2013

The Glennon Infirmary will host a Cover Your Lover campaign, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Trojan Condoms, to raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on February 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. outside of Bentley.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Joseph. Fred, the infirmary mascot, stands to stop the spread of STDs.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Joseph.
Fred, the infirmary mascot, stands to stop the spread of STDs.

There are 12 million new cases of STDs that occur in the United States each year according to the Department of Health in their news letter to the infirmary. Out of theses 12 million cases of STDs, two-thirds of these effect people are under the age of 25.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health contacted the Glennon Infirmary to do the Cover Your Lover campaign to inform college students about STDs and teach different ways to prevent them. The incentive to do the Cover Your Lover campaign was pamphlets and condoms to be distributed throughout campus.

The Trojan Condom Brand donated almost 500 million condoms to the Cover Your Lover campaign to go to college campus all over the United States. Over the past several years Trojan has donated more than 4 million condoms to Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Mary Kay Dremel-Farley, RN Supervisor in the Glennon Infirmary said, “Health Services is excited about having this opportunity and being able to promote STD awareness.”

Many STDs are initially asymptomatic and if untreated may cause serious life-threatening complications including cancers, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortions, stillbirth, low birth weight, neurologic damage, and death.

To find out more about how to protect yourself or for further information on STDs stop by the Cover Your Lover Campaign where Kim Humbard, a senior Pre-PA major, and the infirmary mascot, Fred, will be handing out pamphlets and condoms.

To find the nearest testing center and get the latest facts about STDs, text your zip code to GYTNOW (498669) or visit http://www.GYTNOW.org.

Be sure to like Lock Haven Health Services on facebook and follow them on twitter @ LHUHealth

Jessica Joseph is a sophomore majoring in communication and political science and can be contacted  at jjoseph@lhup.edu.

 

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