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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    The problem is that PARENTS do not MAKE them think about the consequences. For example, since I have a nice house, sometimes I drive through the crappy ghetto areas and say to my kids "this is where you might end up if you don't study hard." I point to my mother and niece losing out on freedom to enjoy their 20's by having kids as teenagers. Kids learn well by comparison, so show them the differences in expected results between good and bad decisions. Furthermore, parents need to make sure the kids get a taste of the rewards or consequences for good or bad decisions, respectively.
    I agree with this. Unfortunately, not all parents are "good" parents or responsible parents, ESPECIALLY those who were teenager parents. Kind of perpetuates itself if you think about it.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    Many of us on the pro-condom side are willing to accept vending machines with condoms in schools as a compromise. Free is not the important part, making them readily available is the goal.
    I think condoms have enough proliferation without the schools.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Learn from example the places where protection is not given in schools their are a large amount of teenage pregnancies . Teenagers have a sense of nothing will happen to them mentality ( the majority ) , besides better safe then sorry . Supplying a teenager with a condom is much cheaper they having to pay them when they eventually begin to relie on social programs to raise the child since the teenager would not be financially ( or emotionally ) ready to support a child .

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Meh, I'm still not sure how I feel about this issue. It's hard to say whether or not it would work at all since, like others have noted, they are already pretty easy to get.

    Perhaps more education, starting at an earlier age or something would work better than just handing out free condoms.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Meh, I'm still not sure how I feel about this issue. It's hard to say whether or not it would work at all since, like others have noted, they are already pretty easy to get.

    Perhaps more education, starting at an earlier age or something would work better than just handing out free condoms.
    The condoms are there..... they have been told.... and told..... and told.... and told..... and educated... and educated.... and educated.... and educated.....

    Why must adults assume teenagers are morons who have no clue of the consequences?

    They do, and yet as teenagers are they risk consequences anyways like they always have and always will.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    The condoms are there..... they have been told.... and told..... and told.... and told..... and educated... and educated.... and educated.... and educated.....

    Why must adults assume teenagers are morons who have no clue of the consequences?

    They do, and yet as teenagers are they risk consequences anyways like they always have and always will.
    I remember sex ed in my health class, and I don't really remember them focusing on using condoms too much. Also, the United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world among developed countries.

    The teenage birth rate in the United States is the highest in the developed world, and the teenage abortion rate is also high.[2] The U.S. teenage pregnancy rate was at a high in the 1950s and has decreased since then, although there has been an increase in births out of wedlock.[15] The teenage pregnancy rate decreased significantly in the 1990s; this decline manifested across all racial groups, although teenagers of African-American and Hispanic descent retain a higher rate, in comparison to that of European-Americans and Asian-Americans. The Guttmacher Institute attributed about 25% of the decline to abstinence and 75% to the effective use of contraceptives.[16] While in 2006 the U.S. teen birth rate rose for the first time in fourteen years,[17] it reached a historic low in 2010: 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15–19.[18]

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I remember sex ed in my health class, and I don't really remember them focusing on using condoms too much. Also, the United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world among developed countries.
    Well I do... and I may or may not be younger than you, don't assume what was happening then is happening now.
    I don't think any more sex education than what I received is necessary. And they told everything, including use of condoms, and I lived in a rural farming town (very religious people there).

    As far as the teen pregnancy rates....... like I said..... they have been educated.

    Its a culture thing.......



    I really wish Americans would stop with the whole "OMFG WE ARE BADZ IN THIS STAT... WE MUST SPEND MONEY TO DO ..... SOMETHING!!!"
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    Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    I was told as well, even if abstinence education was on the upsurge.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Well I do... and I may or may not be younger than you, don't assume what was happening then is happening now.
    I don't think any more sex education than what I received is necessary. And they told everything, including use of condoms, and I lived in a rural farming town (very religious people there).

    As far as the teen pregnancy rates....... like I said..... they have been educated.

    Its a culture thing.......



    I really wish Americans would stop with the whole "OMFG WE ARE BADZ IN THIS STAT... WE MUST SPEND MONEY TO DO ..... SOMETHING!!!"
    Well, I'm in my mid 30s. I remember them skimming the surface of protection. Maybe they should talk about that aspect more.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    In case anyone's opinion is influenced by the facts:

    * A comparison of public high schools in New York City and Chicago found positive effects of condom availability programs. With the same sexual activity among senior high students in both cities (NYC, 59.7 percent; Chicago, 60.1 percent), sexually active students in New York, where there is a condom availability program, were more likely to report using a condom at last intercourse than were those in Chicago, where condoms are not available in school (60.8 to 55.5 percent).1
    * In a two-year study of Philadelphia health resource centers (HRCs) that make condoms available, the percent of students using condoms at last intercourse increased from 52 to 58 percent. In schools with high HRC use, the number of students ever having intercourse dropped from 75 to 66 percent, while condom use at last intercourse rose from 37 to 50 percent.2
    * By comparison, in schools reporting lower HRC use, the percentage of sexually active teens decreased from 61 to 56 percent, while condom use a last intercourse rose from 57 to 61 percent. Non-program schools showed an increase in sexual activity among teens, while condom use increased from 62 to 65 percent.2

    Condom Availability Programs Do Not Promote Sexual Activity.

    * A study of New York City's school condom availability program found a significant increase in condom use among sexually active students but no increase in sexual activity.1
    * A World Health Organization review of studies on sexuality education found that access to counseling and contraceptive services did not encourage earlier or increased sexual activity.3
    * In Europe and Canada where comprehensive sexuality education and convenient, confidential access to condoms are more common, the rates of adolescent sexual intercourse are no higher than in the United States.4

    References

    1. Guttmacher S, Lieberman L, Ward D, et al. Condom availability in New York City public high schools: relationships to condom use and sexual behavior. Am J Public Health 1997; 87:1427- 1433.
    2. Furstenberg FF, Geitz LM, Teitler JO, et al. Does condom availability make a difference? An evaluation of Philadelphia's health resource centers. Fam Plann Perspect 1997; 29:123-127.
    3. Baldo M, Aggleton P, Slutkin G. Poster presentation to the Ninth International Conference on AIDS, Berlin, 6-10 June 1993. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1993.
    4. American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Adolescence. Condom availability for youth. Pediatrics 1995; 95:281-285.

    School Condom Availability

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