Health officials want to provide free condoms to sexually active high school students, and hope that doing so will prevent the spread of STDs.
For students, obtaining the condoms will not as easy as grabbing a handful out of a basket in the main office. A student can only receive up to two from the school nurse (probably without parental consent) if they accept written material about the risks of being sexually active.
This program would take minimal funding from non-district sources, according to an interview conducted by the Journal Sentinel.
The idea surfaced in light of recent data reporting that sex among teens is very prevalent:
-The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one in four teens had an STD.
-The MPS 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey said that more than 60% of high school students in MPS are sexually active- and more of them are having sex now than in 2003.
The Journal Sentinel reported the issue will be addressed at a school board meeting on Tuesday. If the board decides in favor of condoms at school, the condoms could be available next school year. MPS would also be one of few school districts nationwide to freely provide them.
Do you think that making condoms available in MPS high schools is a good idea? Why? What about in the middle schools?
For more information:
No Condom, No Way campaign
Free condoms are available on an anonymous, walk in basis