Provide Free Condoms


Haidy Delgado

Teenagers in high school have sex. That is a fact that is often ignored, but needs to be acknowledged. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is true that today less and less teenagers are having sex, but the ones that are, many times, do not use a form of birth control, which also cause a rise in STD’s among people between the ages of 15-19.

A solution to this growing problem would be providing students with free condoms at school.

Many people are against the idea of condoms being distributed at schools because they believe that it will advocate for students to have more sex, therefore, increasing the risk of STD’s and pregnancy.

While people are able to believe what they want, there are statistics that specifically counter these beliefs and show that distributing condoms in high schools is beneficial.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has done research that shows that access to condoms does not increase sexual activity but does increase condom use.

It is because of this that the AAP has recommended that condoms should be provided to students at school because it does not encourage them to have more sex, it merely encourages condom use since it will be easily made available to them.

The objective of a condom is to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

If used properly, condoms have a 98% rate of effectiveness against pregnancy, but because people aren’t perfect, in reality condoms are about 82% effective.

Condoms are also one of the only birth control methods that protects against STD’s. Laboratory studies have demonstrated due to the physical properties and the anatomic coverage provided by condoms. that latex condoms provide an effective barrier against even the smallest STD pathogens.

Having condoms provided in schools is a step forward in reducing the rate of STD’s found in people ages 15-19 it will encourage students to wear condoms due to the easy access that will be made available to them.

Unless this step is taken by schools the rate of STD’s found in students will continue to rise exponentially.