'Tunnel of Love' exposes dangers of unprotected sex

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Tunnel of Love is not always a blissful, romantic experience, as MTSU will demonstrate.

The Department of Health and Human Performance and MTSU Health Promotion will present their annual Tunnel of Love from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Student Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Off-campus visitors attending the event should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU's Office of Parking and Transportation at 1403 E. Main St. or online at http://www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php. A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

A walk-through education intervention, the Tunnel of Love focuses on enlightening the public about sexually transmitted infections and transmission prevention.

"Based on data from the National College Health Assessment conducted by (MTSU) Health Promotion in 2016, consistent condom use among MTSU students is low," said Casie Higginbotham, a lecturer in the Department of Health and Human Performance. "Since barrier methods are the only protection against infection besides abstinence, this event aims to provide clear information on both options."

Nashville Cares, a nonprofit organization devoted to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee, will provide free HIV and Hepatitis C tests for MTSU students, faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Higginbotham at 615-904-8274 or casie.higginbotham@mtsu.edu.

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