November 05, 2007 09:00 ET

Having Fun Safely and Responsibly

Simple Tips for College Students

MADISON, NJ--(Marketwire - November 05, 2007) - College life is full of heavy course loads and social activities. While socializing is a major part of college, it's critical to do it safely for your health now and for the future.

"Research suggests that college students abandon safe sex practices when they've had too much to drink," says Dr. Nancy Jasper, assistant clinical professor, Department of Ob/Gyn, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. "Risky behavior could lead to serious health issues, such as sexually transmitted diseases or an unintended pregnancy."

Dr. Jasper suggests the following tips for a safe and healthy college experience:

-- The only way to prevent an STD or an unintended pregnancy is to
abstain from sex. However, if you do have sex, always use a condom;
-- If you're legally allowed to drink, do it responsibly -- use
designated drivers and a buddy system and definitely don't go home with
anyone you do not know;
-- If you have unprotected sex or experience a contraceptive failure,
remember that you can now get Plan B® emergency contraception (EC) over-
the-counter if you're 18 and older.
-- There's even a new card that can help you buy EC more privately --
check it out on www.go2planb.com.

Practicing safe sex and staying educated about your sexual health are important to overall health and these tips can help ensure your safety for a healthy semester.

Plan B® does not protect against the AIDS virus (HIV) or other sexually transmitted infections. Common side effects associated with the use of Plan B® include nausea, abdominal pain, menstrual changes, dizziness, breast tenderness, and vomiting.Please see full prescribing information. For more information, please visit www.go2planb.com or call 1-800-330-1271.

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