Students at 22 Philadelphia high schools will be able to take advantage of the school’s free supply of condoms when they return from winter break. The pilot effort is launched to fight “an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease” in the city, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Twelve schools in the city currently offer easy access to free condoms in the health resource centers, but the increase is necessary because teens comprise 25 percent of new HIV infections in the city. As expected, the move has faced opposition from some Philadelphia parents, who say free condoms will only encourage teens to engage in sexual activity. School officials have informed disgruntled parents that they can sign a waiver to opt their child out of the program; however, opting their child out of the program does not ensure he/she will not engage in sexual activity.
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