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Lucas Avelleda

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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 4 2011: Firstly let me appauld you for posting this comment. I love that you are reaching out to the community for advice, comments on this topic. Its a tough one.

    The biggest thing about having a condom program at your school is STIGMA. Getting over that is the hardest part of any new sexual educationt campaign. The other thing is getting the message across to the parents. We are not living in the same day and age that they did. Times have changed and kids are having sex younger and younger.

    But isn't it better to be safe than sorry. I bet you would find similar states for the amount of condom use between ages 13 - 18 no matter where you go. Its not cool to wear a condom. When I was in high school I went to a public health education forum - where they gave out condoms and posters, and I actually distributed them around the school and hung posters on the wall. I got in trouble mind, by the principal (because the content wasn't appropriate) but I simply told him that I got it from a public health education forum and he backed down - didn't really have much choice.

    If you promote safe a kid isn't going to care - whether its STD's or HIV - they just don't care. You have to make sex fun and acceptable and the promotion of condom acceptable. Have you thought of condom vending machines? It should somehow be anonymous so that kids don't feel strange about taking condoms. Lets face it kids are going to have sex whether you say its ok or not, why not give them the supplies to make them safer.

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