On Campus, Opening Up Conversations About Sex

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

For a table set up by a campus student group, this one held some unusual items: a gynecologist’s speculum, diaphragms, condoms (his and hers) and several packets of lubricant. Nearby, two students batted an inflated condom back and forth like a balloon.

“This is Implanon,” said Gabby Bryant, a 22-year-old senior who had helped set up the table, showing off a sample of the implantable birth control. “Here at Harvard, you get it for free.”

“Implanon?” said Samantha Meier, a fellow senior, who was viewing the wares. “No, you don’t.”

“My friend just got it for free,” said Ms. Bryant, resolving the matter.

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