According to the most recent data from the South Dakota Department of Health, in 2016, they saw the most chlamydia cases ever in one year as well as the most gonorrhea cases since the 1980s. Because of that information, in a partnership with Sanford Health, the University of South Dakota is taking steps to make sure that their students are not only informed but practicing safe sex.
“We’ll have seven locations on campus starting in our north complex, with is largely where our freshmen student population lives as well as in Burgess and Norton halls.”
Placed in bathrooms mainly located on the first floor, explained Associate Dean of Students at the University of South Dakota, John Howe, students in these halls will soon find free condoms.
I spoke at the Sioux Falls city council meeting on Tuesday night and commended the city (Health Department) for the success of the free condom program. I recently was at Monk’s and noticed the dispenser was empty, and the bartender told me it was because they go through a lot of them.
While I am all for having distribution sites at bars (hookup spots). I find some places that are glaringly missing; other health clinics. Besides the taxpayer funded Falls Community Health, I’m curious why no Sanford or Avera clinics or hospitals are listed? What about community centers? Public Parks? Rec centers? Heck, Planned Parenthood isn’t even listed (but I am sure you can get them there). It seems two of our city’s largest employers don’t want to get involved with the politics of STD’s and condoms. That’s too bad, since prevention is the key to good health. But hey, after enjoying a delicious micro-brew at Monk’s, you can get a free condom and get jiggy.
BIGS SPORTS BAR & BILLIARDS
3110 W. 12th St.
Sioux Falls, SD
25989 482nd Ave
MONKS HOUSE OF ALE REPUTE
420 E. 8th St
Sioux Falls, SD
FALLS COMMUNITY HEALTH
521 N Main Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
CROW BAR CASINO & LOUNGE
2805 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
3201 S. Carolyn Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
In 2014, Sanford first told KELOLAND News about Z, the mascot of the Sanford Harmony Program. Z is a Martian from a planet that doesn’t have boys and girls. He’s supposed to start an open dialogue so boys and girls get a chance to talk openly about gender.
Apparently on the planet Z the storks deliver the newborns. Didn’t we have enough problems with the Tele-Tubbies? While I think it is good to teach kids that boys and girls can grow up to do whatever they want to and to work together, I’m not sure how an asexual alien from the planet Z is going to get this message across? Or how this is going to end divorces? I have often joked if you want to end divorces don’t get married to begin with. Why do we always have to travel to cartoon fantasy land to teach kids things about LIFE?
I bet Denny got the idea from an old Star Trek episode.
Sioux Falls Health Director, Jill Franken was kind enough to call me today about statements I made during public testimony about providing FREE condoms. She told me that there are many FREE condom distribution sites throughout the city including the community health clinic. She also said it is partially funded through State and Federal grants.
Now only if I could get a map of these sites! Maybe we could do a future water bill insert?
Like a texting or cell phone ban in cars, education goes farther then laws. For years I have advocated that one of the quickest ways to reduce abortions, unwanted pregnancies and STD’s would be to have FREE condoms to anyone that wanted them. With all the money we spend (taxes) on free STD testing and welfare, medicade and SNAP for unwanted children, why not spend the money up front for prevention and education? Our rising number of STD cases in South Dakota is NO accident, it is the result of a passive society when it comes to sex.
And when I say FREE condoms, I mean EVERYWHERE. Not just at the clinic or schools, but at bus stops, grocery stores, heck even churches! Our infatuation with sex being a dirty thing has only made more people sick and dying from sexual diseases. I don’t think FREE condoms are any different then clean drinking water.
FREE condoms won’t promote more sexual relations, it will however promote safe sex if you choose to have a sexual relation and I believe would save taxpayers billions.
First, I will start out by saying that one of the main reasons STD’s have risen in Sioux Falls is because of the lack of education and a puritanical view of teenagers and young adults abstaining from sex. It just isn’t happening, and we need to face the facts. Still it doesn’t stop people from blaming others;
“It’s because the media sells sex,” said Caitlin Hicks, 22, a coffee shop worker in Sioux Falls.
Well, Caitlin, I certainly cannot remember the last time a TV commercial or a newspaper ad gave me an itchy scratchy, but I will be on the lookout. We can blame the media for a lot things these days, mostly mis-information, but saying they contribute to STD’s is silly. In fact I have never gotten one. Why? First I believe receiving sex ed at an early age (I think my first class was in 4th or 5th grade) better prepared me when I became a teenager. And I remember seeing images of certain STD’s in a HS science class. WOW, that will open your eyes. I am also a firm believer of ‘planning’ pregnancies. Too often couples just kind of fly by the seat of their pants and don’t really put any thought in the repercussions of having an unplanned child. I also think demographics have a lot to do with our sudden rise in STD’s. Working class and lower income people tend to be less educated when it comes to sex and it’s repercussions.
As a person who has been single my entire adult life, I can tell you I have seen and heard just about every scenario possible, and if you think people are getting safer with age, you are wrong. My best advice to anyone starting a relationship with someone is to take it slow. Know who your partner is and if you are not planning on having children, I highly suggest birth control, namely condoms. And most importantly, don’t be a skank.
First he stopped people from petitioning their government on the fair grounds (which are owned by the people petitioning the government) now he wants to fine bands for using cuss words (a clear violation of 1st Amendment rights).
Not sure what country Wick is from, but he doesn’t sound like he is from America.
Sure, cuss words and pesky petition gatherers can be annoying, but guess what, they have rights, the US constitution guarantees these rights.
It reminds me of something Lucinda Williams said about one of her songs a few years back in concert, she was going to perform the song on the ‘Today’ show, and they asked her to censor some parts of the song (it is about masturbation, and other stuff). She told them she was going to perform the song ‘as is’ or not at all. This was of course about 60 seconds before air. She performed the song ‘as is’ and she said this, “And guess what? No one died, and no one got hurt.”
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