UC Davis students can access Plan B from vending machine


Ditch the sodas and snacks, the University of California Davis has brought sexual health items, including the emergency contraceptive pill, to an campus vending machine.

The machine has been fondly named the Wellness to Go machine.

"I feel like every college should have this", Singh said.

At UC Davis, medical staff are in favor of the vending machine.

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UC Davis is a pioneer with this measure, so now students can buy the emergency contraceptive pills without going through embarrassment and without having to go to a pharmacy. Image credit: CNN.

"The more skeptical and negativity I got from other people, like, 'Oh it's not going to happen, ' kind of pushed me more", he said.

That's exactly why an economics major turned his focus to public health, spending close to two years trying to bring the vending machine here. He mentioned that he expects the number of campuses with vending machines like this to grow in the near future. In outcome, UC Davis is not only making the pills available within the campus, but it is also respecting anonymity at a low price.

Dr. Cindy Schorzman, the director of student health and wellness, says the vending machines offers students the option to reduce the risk of pregnancy.

If you look closely, the machine isn't just stocked with condoms, tampons and pregnancy tests.

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The school authorities suggested selling emergency contraception through the bookstore. Now, students there can purchase the morning-after pill, as well as other necessities, right in the same building that's home to the campus gym and boasts long hours.

A student told reporters, "It is promoting like oh hey, go and have unsafe sex because then you have a backup option and it's gonna be cheaper than if you just want to go to a drugstore".

The morning-after pill has to be taken within the next five days after intercourse, according to of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

Federal law makes the pill available without a prescription to women of all ages.

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While another added, "It's a great thing for women".