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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    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.

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    My argument isn't with whether it will condone sexual behavior or not.


    Adults have to pay for them.... in stores away from our places of work.

    High School Teenagers should pay for them..... in stores..... away from the school.

    Period. Enough pandering to teenagers and treating them special.

    They get adequate education.... they are responsible enough to make this decision on their own regardless of the little to no effect of more and more spending to supplement them.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    After giving it some thought, I think that there should be more intensive sex education in health class curriculum regarding the use of condoms, birth control, etc. I think that would be better than the taxpayers footing the bill for condoms which the kids may or may not use. Like others have said, they know and for a few dollars they should be able to purchase their own condoms if they want to have sex, or ask their parents or another person they trust. It's too bad that they wouldn't go to their parents. That would give parents another really perfect opportunity to talk to their kids.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    After giving it some thought, I think that there should be more intensive sex education in health class curriculum regarding the use of condoms, birth control, etc. I think that would be better than the taxpayers footing the bill for condoms which the kids may or may not use. Like others have said, they know and for a few dollars they should be able to purchase their own condoms if they want to have sex, or ask their parents or another person they trust. It's too bad that they wouldn't go to their parents. That would give parents another really perfect opportunity to talk to their kids.
    There is adequate sex education in school.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    There is adequate sex education in school.
    How do you know?

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    There is adequate sex education in school.
    How on EARTH would you know this? Do you know the sexual education curriculum for every school district in America? I think not.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    I support some sex education classes. It should be mandatory for people of specific races and socioeconomic background.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I support some sex education classes. It should be mandatory for people of specific races and socioeconomic background.
    why ?
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Liberty View Post
    Should teenagers be given free condoms?
    Should they? I generally think no. Less because it "encourages them but more that it tends to send a message that Condoms alone makes sex "safe".

    That said, if a private entity wants to provide free condoms to teenagers or if states decide, according with what their constitutions allow, that they wish to provide funds for such then they absolutely should be able to.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    My argument isn't with whether it will condone sexual behavior or not.


    Adults have to pay for them.... in stores away from our places of work.

    High School Teenagers should pay for them..... in stores..... away from the school.

    Period. Enough pandering to teenagers and treating them special.

    They get adequate education.... they are responsible enough to make this decision on their own regardless of the little to no effect of more and more spending to supplement them.
    Not all adults. Some adults get them for free, from their places of work. Such as military members. And generally those that are able to get them for free are those workplaces that, like schools, want to limit unplanned pregnancies and spreading of STDs.

    Now, maybe provide them at a small fee based on how much is paid for the condoms, but being at school is the thing that is most effective here, even if it is a small cost to the students when they get them.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aderleth View Post
    All of human history tends to suggest otherwise.
    All of human history? Proof please? That's a pretty big statement.
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