Condoms in High Schools

Essay by Anonymous UserUniversity, Bachelor'sA, November 1996

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Condoms Should Be Distributed In Schools

'More than half of American teenagers have had sexual intercourse and face significant sexual health risks. Each year, over one million teenagers become pregnant, one in seven teenagers contract an STD, and one in five hundred students on collage campuses are infected with HIV.'

-The National Coalition To Support Sexuality Education

The coalition above is made up of over 50 organizations. Many of these organizations are well noted as role models in today's society. The quote shows why there needs to be condom availability in schools. Children are having sex earlier that ever, babies are having babies, and worst of all people are dying. Students are embarrassed to go buy condoms, they are too expensive, or they do not know where to buy them. Many people dispute distributing condoms in the school. Sexually active teens are at the highest risk for contracting HIV. We must provide children with condoms if we want to protect society from this disease called AIDS.

The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report shows that from July 1993 to June 1994 there was 439 AIDS cases in 13 to 19 year old. 52 percent contracted the virus from unprotected sex, 47 percent were girls having unprotected sex. The report also shows that there were 844 20 to 24 year olds that developed AIDS in the same time period, 62 percent were from unprotected sex, and 51 percent were woman who have had unprotected sex. AIDS can lay dormant from anywhere between two to ten years, even longer. Given that statistic, most of the subjects in the older age group were infected in high school. Even worse, the subjects in the younger age group were infected as early as grade school.

Many parents think that providing condoms to students will give them an excuse...