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But those students aren’t always practicing safe sex.

The percentage of sexually active UGA students who reported always using a condom during vaginal sex decreased from 41.1 percent in 2009 to 24.2 percent in 2014.

CDC research has shown that taking the medicine daily can lower the chances of getting HIV by more than 90 percent for people having sex.

Pr EP is offered at the UHC Pharmacy.“Pr EP is a way for people who do not have HIV, but who are at substantial risk of getting it, to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day,” said Kathleen La Porte, a health communications specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I did not have the money for either a child or an abortion,” said Verner, a graduate student at the University of Georgia and . Students come to college often unprepared to take care of their own sexual health, as many are misinformed or unwilling to discuss the topic.The CDC officially recommended Pr EP as a possible solution in 2014 to those at high risk of getting HIV, and more than 1.2 million people could benefit from using it, which includes 0.4 percent of heterosexually active adults.Safer Sex ambassador Trevor Jann said he serves as a resource for questions, but UGA students aren’t asking.College students today have more interest in preventing pregnancy than their parents did a generation ago, she said.“Millennials are much less wanting to settle down, get married and have children — at least at this point in our lives,” Verner said.“There is a lot of interest at least in preventing pregnancies.”But most students come to college without much education about safe sex practices, including knowledge of different birth control measures or sexually transmitted infection testing practices.“I don’t know if it’s because they’re embarrassed or there’s a stigma, but I think there’s a level of comfort there that’s a little shaky for some people.”Verner said some would rather steal a condom than face a salesperson.

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