The University of California Davis is thinking about their students’ health and decided to give them a hand when they needed it the most. Thus, they equipped a vending machine on their campus with sexual health items. Among these items, there is the morning after pill, which is usually pretty hard to obtain in their small town.
The vending machine in question is situated in the Activities and Recreation building from the UC Davis campus. Instead of offering students unhealthy snacks or soda, it contains a lot of items that people usually need in emergencies. These include tampons, condoms, pregnancy tests, or even drugs for headaches.
The morning after pill is an effective way of contraception
Now, besides all these items, the vending machine can provide emergency contraceptive pills. These are more widely known as the morning after pills or, on a more amusing note, “Plan B”. However, students should be careful. This is not the same thing as the abortion pill.
The abortion pill can be taken up to five days after having unprotected sex, to it is important that people do not mix them up. Planned Parenthood dub these pills as a both safe and effective contraceptive form, so people might resort to these methods with no worries.
This pill is usually available at drugstores for prices varying between $25 and $65. On this campus machine, students can get it at the price of $30. Patreek Singh is the one who made this thing possible. Over the last two years, he kept trying to convince the University to provide such items for sale in the campus. His attempts were successful.
These vending machines compensate for the small of pharmacies in town
Singh is an undergraduate senior studying business and he has been a senator in the students’ government. He declared that he came up with this idea after many of his friends had problems in getting morning after pills in the small college town.
The town only has one pharmacy which is open all the time. One Friday night, some students tried to buy such pills, but the pharmacy did not have any, and they were going to receive new supplies only on Monday morning.
Moreover, Singh thinks that, now that such items are going to be available on the vending machines, students will start practicing safe sex more often. There are also people who are skeptical and say that young people will resort only on contraceptive pills instead of using other preventive methods.
Despite all this, Singh’s initiative has been praised by many. He and the university officials are now trying to bring these items in vending machines in the entire country.
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