FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 6, 2007
CONTACT: Casie Higginbotham, 615-904-8274
Organizers of Annual Event Strive to Educate College Students, Prevent STDs
(MURFREESBORO)—For the fifth consecutive year, MTSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) will sponsor the Tunnel of Love, an event designed to increase public awareness about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, among the college population.
This year, the Tunnel of Love and its related activities will take place
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the James Union Building’s Tennessee Room on the campus of MTSU.
According to the recent findings released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 19 million new reported cases of sexually transmitted infections each year—and half of them are among those ages 16-24.
“Tennessee has seen improvements,” observed Higginbotham, who notes that “Shelby County is now No. 16 for reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis and in 2003 was ranked No. 8.”
Organizers report that the upcoming Tunnel of Love will give students the power to make thoughtful, well-informed decisions concerning their sexual health, thanks to an exhibit featuring literature about the most current statistics of both bacterial and viral STDs, complete with pictures of STDs.
Classes are welcomed to attend the self-guided event. Also, vendors will be on hand to distribute safe-sex packets.
For more information on this year’s Tunnel of Love, please contact Casie Higginbotham, HHP instructor, at 615-904-8274 or via e-mail at email@example.com.