Condom Availability and Sexual Activity

A recent development in sex education is the provision of condoms through available programs, this way teens have easier access to condoms for protection.

The program was started because of the rise in teenage pregnancy and the transmission of STI’s in teens. This way they are better able to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and possible contraction of STI’s.

The program in the initial stages was considered beneficial, but it has received much opposition.

Some persons believed that with the increase in the availability of condoms, there would also be an increase in the sexual contact of students, which in turn will lead eventually to unprotected sexual intercourse.

The ends do not always justify the means, as students, many become open and daring with their sexual contacts and encounters.

Recent studies have refuted the idea that such programs will increase sexual contact between students. It showed that the easy accessibility of condoms did not change the perception of students.

There was neither disappointment nor excitement observed in teens when they found out that condoms were readily and easily available. Such programs served as a reminder about the dangers of unprotected sexual contact.

Schools that implemented this program had a clear advantage when compared to those who did not.
The survey was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
The Department of Prevention and Community Health in Washington was responsible for carrying out this research. It was based on a previous survey that was done in Massachusetts.
The study was done in 1995 but remains relevant to today’s behavioral patterns. A total of 4,100 students participated in the survey.

Approximately 20% of the students who had been part of the survey had condom availability programs at their schools.

The study showed that students, which had condom availability programs in place and who were sexually active, used more condoms when compared to students that did noy have such a program at their school.

It also showed that the rate of STI transmission and infection was less when compared to students which did not have condom availability programs. The survey showed that 25% of the students who attended schools with condom availability programs have used this form of protection, while schools that did not have such a program in place only had 13% of its population using condoms.

The study even goes on to show that schools, which have such programs in place, had a small reduction in sexual contact when compared to those which did not have the program.

The indicator that was used to gage the overall sexual contact of students is pregnancy- the figure was the same in both schools. This simply means that students will have sex with or without such a program being in place.

The results have encouraged educators to offer condoms to their students as a means to protect them during sexual contact.

Schools do not generally distribute condoms, but they are readily available on request by students.

If such a program was used in all schools, with the right form of sex education, major problems associated with unprotected sex would be mitigated.


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