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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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    Apr 3 2011: Great idea! Yes I totally agree. But we need education along with the supply of condoms. I have been producing videos on sex education for young people and am just finishing one on herpes. Last one was on chlamydia. It would be ideal to make condoms freely available in schools. Sex, marriage, relationships are all different topics, and whilst they overlap STRONGLY for some, the data is that they are separate topics in practice for most young people. Having condoms available will not make someone who doesn't want to have sex yet have it.

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