The average age for the start of puberty is eleven years old. During adolescence, teens undergo changes within their bodies. This is the time where they begin to form their own identity. As a result, it leads to experimentation in a vast number of ways. Dress, personality, and drugs are all types of experimentation that teens go through. The most important is sexuality. Decisions being made by teens today are resulting in consequences that are affecting their own health. The recent breakout of STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases), AIDS, and teen pregnancies in the past two decades have brought this issue to the attention of society. There is a dispute of whether or not condoms should be handed out in high school. Both sides present their arguments well, however, there can only be one decision made. Should condoms be distributed in high schools?
Giving condoms to teenagers is essentially giving them permission to have sex. Do not forget that these are high school students; freshmen at a mere age of fourteen and sometimes only thirteen. The ideas of distributing condoms to teens will only emphasis the idea of sex. Limbaugh says it best, “The logic and motivation behind this country’s mad dash to distribute free condoms in our public schools is ridiculous and misguided… Condom distribution sanctions, even encourages sexual activity, which in teen years tends to be promiscuous…” With condoms present, the topic of sex will occur more frequently. This doubles the chance of peer pressure into having sex. The added temptation to engage in sexual activity will result in woman having sex at a younger age. Soon the average age of people beginning to have sex will not be sixteen, but fifteen or even fourteen!
There are proven studies that disprove the notion that condom availability encourages sex. There have been numerous national health organizations that have adopted policies in support of school condom availability. “A comparison of public high schools in New York City and also Chicago found positive effects of condom availability programs. With the same sexual activity among senior high students in both cities (NYC, 59.7 percent; Chicago, 60.1 percent), sexually active students in New York, where there is a condom availability program, were more likely to report using a condom at last intercourse than were those in Chicago, where condoms are not available in school (60.8 to 55.5 percent).” (Advocates for Youth) It has also been proven that condom availability programs found a significant increase in condom use among sexually active students but no increase in sexual activity. According to the World Health Organization, a review of studies was conducted on sexuality education and found that access to counseling and contraceptive services did not encourage earlier or increased sexual activity. (Advocates for Youth) Teen’s health is at risk and making condoms available is one way to help aid teens.
The rise in teen pregnancy has become a major issue that needs to be addressed. Media including television shows, movies, magazines, and even celebrities, who are suppose to be examples for the younger kids, all promote sex in one way or another. Teen pregnancy doesn’t just affect the teen, but it affects the child, the family, and the rest of the economy. For example, a seventeen year old gets pregnant and has a baby. The child suffers because the mother is not old enough to care for the baby and provide it with its necessities, food. By not receiving all the vital vitamins, the child is malnourished and its health is at risk. And because the mother is taking care of the baby all day, she does not have a job and collects welfare. The mother is not contributing to society anymore and depends on the rest of us to assist her. This is an example of how the society at large is paying for her mistake. It’s beneficial that we come up with a plan to help reduce the number...