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One of the long-standing debates on teenagers and sexuality is the distribution of free condoms to high school students, on top of better sex education.
It is no secret that contraceptives save lives—both literally and figuratively, and with the issues of AIDS and teenage pregnancy, is a logical path to take.
The distribution of free condoms is increasingly prevalent now. For instance, in1. However, it is not the free condoms that are available to adults that are under fire, but making them available to teenagers. Inschool committee officials at Holyoke decided to distribute condoms to students in grades 6 to Typical of the Church, Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell cried foul, saying that the officials were pimps and were acting as enablers and endorsers of the early experimentation and engagement of sex.
What Bishop McDonnell and the Roman Catholic Church, in general, failed to provide was a solution or alternative to the problem. Should we be concerned that we are taking advice about contraception, sex, and pregnancy from men who vowed never to touch women? Further, why are we giving serious consideration to their advice about how to best protect our kids when they have also vowed never to have children?
Granted that the Roman Catholic Church opposes contraception—as it opposes everything else—because of its highly incorrigible and static beliefs.
One has to remember, however, that Catholic doctrines are older than its leaders and dates back several centuries. Historically, it was the same Church that prosecuted enlightened men for saying that the sun was the center of the solar system, for a very, very, long time.
How would you like to write a scientific paper basing from journals published in the s? Or undergo a medical procedure with a doctor who refuses to update his skills, which he acquired in the s?
In this same manner, the Roman Catholic Church has been basing its beliefs on antiquated documents, and they have refused to change with the times.
What this story highlights is that children and teenagers are having sex. And no amount of fire and brimstone that church leaders threaten them with, even eternal damnation, and souls getting chained in hell, they will continue to have sex.
The sad fact is that premarital sex is already a prevalent problem among the youth. As early asthe Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that a little more than half of high school students have tried and experienced sexual intercourse, a fifth of high school boys have had sex at least four times, high school girls lagged behind a little, but not much.
And out of those who were already sexually active, only half used condoms. More than that, people usually think that condoms promote promiscuity.
While most teenagers are hormonally active, condoms do not serve as pornographic materials, nor do they serve as roses and chocolates. Various research have found that in schools where condoms were made readily-available, condom use increased significant but not sexual activity.
The World Health Organization also found that access to contraceptives and sex education did not encourage sex among the young, nor does it entice them to experiment with sex. Across borders, European and Canadian teens—seen as having freer and more anonymous access to both sex education and condoms—are not having more sex than their American counterparts Advocates for Youth, online.
In my own research, I have found no studies that directly related condoms to feelings of intimacy, or arousal. What people got wrong is that condoms and sex is not a chicken and egg debate.
Condoms do not promote early sexual activity; it is sexual activity that promotes condom use. In fact, with the increasing prevalence of HIV education in schools, condom use has increased 17 percent Advocates for Youth, online. And so the debate goes that with teenagers feeling that they are safe from disease and pregnancy, they will be more reckless with their sexual decisions.
Discussing the joys of sex, the implications and negative things about adolescent sex, the moral issues surrounding sex will take a lot of time or energy, and will not get us anywhere.
For whatever reasons, more than half high school students are having sex. You can call them reckless, loose, promiscuous, immature, but you have to help them protect themselves. Again, studies seem to show that teenagers do not look at condoms and think of sex.
The aim is to have them look for condoms when they think of sex. This should be a simple as A-B-C, and requires no further explanations.Other: Arkansas allows schools to have school based clinics which include: parental consent to condom distribution, sex education, parent opt in/notification, statistical student information, unfunded abortion referrals and unfunded.
Should High Schools provide condoms? We can provide information about condoms and where to get them, but they should not be distributed at schools".-Helps prevent STD-Promotes sexual activity-Cullinan, Kerry-Some teens don't want to buy condoms but if they aren't mature enough to get them, they aren't mature enough to be having sex.
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To facilitate learning about sexual health and family life. It is clear that these programs are designed not to promote sexual activity, but instead are designed to promote the adoption of behaviors that lower the risk of .
Abstinence-only interventions promote sexual abstinence as the only means of preventing sexual acquisition of HIV; they do not promote safer-sex strategies (e.g., condom use).
Although abstinence-only programs are widespread, there has been no internationally focused review of their effectiveness for HIV prevention in high-income countries. Availability of condoms in high schools does not increase rates of teenage sexual activity, but rather increases condom use among already sexually active teenagers.