Introduction The issue of sex education has long been a controversial one. The two basic types of sex education in the United States are abstinence-only and comprehensive. Providing condoms in schools is a much debated aspect of some comprehensive programs. Both types of education seek to diminish the growing rate of these problems among adolescents.
One proven method is to provide comprehensive sexuality education along with school based programs that make condoms available to sexually active youth. Numerous national health organizations have adopted policies in support of school condom availability as a component of comprehensive sexuality education.
Condom Availability Programs Are Successful. 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, 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.
Non-program schools showed an increase in sexual activity among teens, while condom use increased from 62 to 65 percent.
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that One in four new HIV infections in the U. Self-reported condom use is at During the same period, condom use among sexually active youth in school increased 17 percent.
Adolescents face many obstacles to obtaining and using condoms. Some of these obstacles include confidentiality, cost, access, transportation, embarrassment, objection by a partner, and the perception that the risks of pregnancy and infection are low.
Condoms were behind the counter in 83 percent of all convenience stores and 15 percent of drug stores. Only 33 percent of the stores had signs clearly marking where the contraceptives were located.
Latex condoms are highly effective barriers to HIV when used consistently and correctly. Correct use means using undamaged, unexpired condoms, using only water-based lubricants, careful opening of the package, correct placement and use throughout intercourse, and correct removal of the condom after ejaculation.
Most breakage occurs due to incorrect use. In 71 percent of the schools, all students have access to condoms, except those whose parents deny permission in writing "opt-out".
In 10 percent, students have access only with written permission of their parents "opt-in". In 49 percent of the schools, counseling is mandatory for condom receipt. In a New York City survey of parents of public high school students, 69 percent stated that students should have access to condoms in school.
Condom availability in New York City public high schools: Am J Public Health ; Does condom availability make a difference?Then again, as the researchers point out, some public-health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have recently advocated condom-distribution programs in .
A Gallup Poll found that 68 percent of adults surveyed thought condoms should be available in the schools, and a separate survey of high-school seniors showed 81 percent agreed.
6 In a survey of Denver high school students, 85 percent supported condom availability in their school. Response / Why Schools Should Make Condoms Available to Teenagers.
politicians, and educators have questioned whether making condoms available should be the job of the school. They argue that school should be a place for learning math and reading and science, not how to put on a condom.
But public high schools are the best place to.
In another study, 85% of students responded to a survey that they believed condoms should be distributed in their school. Seventy-six of these students reported the belief that making condoms more accessible would not change the rate of sexual activity among adolescents (Fanburg, .
Condoms are good. Sometimes a guy just sometimes really needs a condom to like smahs you know cause sometimes i forget and i don't get to raw dog smh, Maybe if condoms were distributed in school id get much more coochie.
Why Free Condoms Should be Distributed in High Schools Condoms help reduce the spread of STDs Among U.S. high school students surveyed by the CDC in , 40% were sexually active.