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Lucas Avelleda

Athlete, International Shotokan Karate Federation

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Should High Schools implement condom availability programs?

This is a controversial and polemic approach to reduce rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy among teenagers. Data from different sources has shown that is at the age of fifteen, on average, that teenagers have their first sexual relation. However, condoms are not used by most of them (in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, it is used by only 56% of the individuals aged between 13 and 18).
The condom availability program appears not to have produced an increase in sexual activity among high school students, and it appears to have led to improved condom use. Nevertheless, social and political aspects play a role on this issue.

Is the program necessary?
Since it's a public health issue, should religion and cultural aspects interfere?
Is it moral from your point of view? Why?
Pros and cons

I'm a 17 year old student from Brazil and I'm looking for opinions about this issue that could help me and my school's student council to discuss with the administration the implementation of the condom availability program for High School students.
Thank you!

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    Mar 29 2011: The thing is easy: YES.

    1.) Nobody will start fucking around, just 'cause contraception is available.
    Nobody who wants to have sex will go "oh well -no let's not have any until I can afford Condoms at 50 cents a piece."

    2.) Protected Sex is always better than unprotected Sex.

    Easy - isn't it.

    3.) ah yeah.. and if you believe in "no Sex before marriage" - there's something REALLY wrong with your worldview. It's one thing to make it the behaviour of your own choice... but judging other teenagers?
    How perverted can someone be - to think sex is something bad, or evil...?

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