Ask Bwog: Emergency V-Day Condoms

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Where does Duane Reade get off selling a three pack of condoms for $6.99? We all know that’s absurd, but tonight when you notice that condom in your wallet (the one you got from that anti-smoking street performance group six months ago) is just a little too expired, you’ll shell out that seven bucks without hesitation. Because blind robbery is bad, we’ve pooled our collective campus condom knowledge to help you out.

Dear Bwog,

With valentine’s day coming up, and just in general, you should do something about where to get free condoms around here. Because broke college students should have safe sex too. I just don’t know where to get them.

– Tippy the Tipster

Dear Tippy,

Tippy you’re right. Condoms should be easily accessible on campus, and in fact they are. Columbia Health Services offers 5 locations where condoms and other safe sex supplies are available:

  • Medical Services – 4th floor of John Jay, Open M-Th: 8 am – 6:30 pm, F: 8 am – 5 pm (get ’em while they’re hot), S: 10 am – 3:30 pm
  • Alice! Health Promotion – 1st floor of Wien, Suite 108A, Open M-F: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sexual Violence Response – 3rd Floor of Lerner, Open M-F: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Barnard Health Services – Lower Level of Brooks, Open M-F: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Well Woman at Barnard – 119 Reid (first floor of the quad), Open 24/7

The only location that provides constant condom access is Well Woman at Barnard, but unfortunately a Barnard ID is required as it is inside the dorms. If you find yourself consistently in need of condoms at 3am, dating a Barnard girl may be the most cost effective option. Now that Bwog has successfully saved you all your small bills, be sure to hop in a cab after your night of debauchery — it’s slippery out there and that way the fun can start early. If you’re looking for more information on health and sexual related services at Columbia, check out the Health Services website. And remember, kids, consent is sexy.


Mama Bwog

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  1. Condom  

    There are TWO safer sex stations that distribute both male and female condoms, dental dams, and lube: outside Alice! Offices on Lerner 7th floor and Wein 1st floor. Additionally, there's an NYC condom dispenser on Lerner 5 right around the corner from the west elevator banks, inside the offices there. Have fun!

  2. P  

    Also. lots of RAs have condoms. Just ask!

  3. Forever Alone  

    At least emergency condoms are one thing I never need to worry about.

  4. Alice!  

    Alice! proudly offers an online interactive map showing the locations of safer sex supplies, hours, options available, etc. http://health.columbia.edu/safersex

    Thanks for thinking about the importance of safer sex!

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