Free condoms to be dispensed by Philadelphia high schools

PHILADELPHIA Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:35pm EST

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - There will be something new in many Philadelphia high schools when students return to class next week - free condoms.

Under a city plan, free condom dispensers will be placed in 22 of Philadelphia's 51 high schools after winter break, part of an initiative aimed at battling the spread of sexually transmitted diseases between students.

Parents who do not want their children involved in the program can opt out, school district spokesman Fernando Gallard said on Thursday.

"It's a self-service set-up so you can actually walk into the nurse's office, and there is a dispenser on the wall and you just help yourself to them," he said.

Gallard said the schools were selected for the program based on a report by the city's Health Department that showed rising rates of some sexually transmitted diseases among students.

"STD rates amongst youth in Philadelphia have been alarming, especially the increases in gonorrhea and chlamydia since early 2010," said a statement Thursday from the Health Department.

It added, however, that "as a result of the multi-faceted adolescent STD prevention campaign the epidemic seems to be waning."

Gallard said the program could eventually be expanded beyond the 22 schools.

"We're looking to see how successful the program is, and if it's successful then we will see if we can grow it," he said.

More than 400 public schools nationwide currently make condoms available to students, whether through a nurse, a counselor or other school personnel, among other methods, according to Advocates for Youth National, a Washington D.C.-based group focused on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.

Only a small number of schools - less than 10 percent - make condoms available through bowls, baskets or vending machines, it said.

(Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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KarlQuick wrote:
Why don’t they just cut to the chase, rather than abortion, rather than euthanasia, just spike their dope and kill them now!

Promoting addictions, destroying accountability, making it easy to do what you want without consequences, destroys people! …it turns them into easily herded animals without the courage, self-control, or clarity of mind to realize they’ve been enslaved.

You know, Hitler was stupid. He forcibly tried to gas the Jews, his “unwanted” minority. The powers-that-be in our country have a better plan: they have arranged that our minorities kill themselves in the womb with abortions, on the streets with drugs and gangs, and then in adulthood with couch-potato eating habits, alcohol abuse, and all other forms of addiction…. and they ASK for it! ….they even go out and VOTE for it!
…as I said, insane!
…but for the SOB powers-that-be, highly effective.

Dec 28, 2012 12:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
Trixlet wrote:
The liberals keep trying to sexualize our children at younger and younger ages. First they started on the cups, 17 going on 18. then it was 16, now it’s down to 12 year olds. Free condoms, free birth control pills, free abortions, free demonstrations on how to put a condom on. And all without a parent’s consent or knowledge. It’s a damned shame that Pediatricians have to write prescriptions for birth control and the morning after pills!!! The Democrat Liberals have no morals, every member of NAMBLA is a Democrat if that tells you anything. More and more each day it becomes common place for children to have sex, not only with one another, but their adult mentors and teachers. If they keep going there will be no age restriction for sex with children, yet you need to be 18 in most cases to do anything and 21 for others. Kids are suppose to be going to school to get an education, not a sex education. The Democrat Liberals are the number 1 destroyer of morals in America.

Dec 28, 2012 2:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
EvitaVaria wrote:
“Parents who do not want their children involved in the [free condom] program can opt out, school district spokesman Fernando Gallard said on Thursday.”

What’s wrong with this picture? I’ll tell you what: Condoms should not be available free of charge to minors in school unless their parents choose to opt IN.

Dec 28, 2012 8:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
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