Nass criticizes UW-Madison’s condom distribution campaign
WHITEWATER A University of Wisconsin decision to distribute bags of condoms, sun screen and lip balm to students as a reminder to stay safe over spring break has drawn criticism from Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), according to a news story in The Badger Herald.
The story noted Mike Mikalsen, a spokesman from Nass’ office, said the University of Health Service’s campaign sends mixed messages to students.
Mikalsen said Nass objects to the university promoting sexual activity. He also questions using tuition and school fee money for items students could purchase themselves, and suggested university resources might be better spent on “an alternative campaign that advocates the dangers of sex with strangers.”
Sarah Van Orman, UHS executive director, said the organization has had spring health campaigns for a number of years, and while this is the first time free products have been handed out, UHS does distribute free condoms to students year-round.
Van Orman said the costs of the campaign were minimal to students, and its message of prevention of STDs was beneficial to students and society.
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