The diffusion of information about the St. Louis project will happen in many ways. For a number of reasons one important focus of attention should be on dissemination of information through college and university health services.
ADVANTAGES of this approach:
One is reaching young women and men interested in learning
Most students are sexually active
The focus on condoms is so important for young sexually active people:
- 1. At her enrollment visit, each participant is given a minimum of 10 condoms. If she wants more, we give her more. Even if the participant states she doesn’t use or want the condoms, we give them to her and encourage her to give them to someone else who might need them (e.g., friends, daughters, sons, family, co-workers, etc.). The goal is to get as many condoms out into the STL community!
- 2. We provide One Condoms because the participants react positively to the artwork and it starts a great dialog between the participant and research assistant. I pay $69.00 for a case of 1,000.
- 3. Every participant leaves with condoms at her enrollment visit.
If women come back to our clinic for clinical care, they can request more condoms.
Let me know if you need any other information.
Motivation is high to use very effective contraception
University health clinics are on the whole excellent sources of health care
And perhaps most important of all, university students become tomorrow’s leaders in
Medicine as doctors and nurses
Public health and health policy
Education at all levels
If students and the medical staff of 500 of our best colleges and universities could learn what is happening through the St. Louis CONTRACEPTIVE CHOICE PROJECT, it could perhaps be the most important single avenue for disseminating information about this remarkable research and service project.
Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine