An increasing problem on high school campuses and one of the main
concerns of parents, school officials, and the government is teenage sex. It is
on the rise, and they are worried that it may get out of control. Teenage sex
can be a problem because of the pregnancies and many diseases it can cause. One
solution that has been proposed is to distribute condoms in public high schools.
This is a topic that is controversial and has been hotly debated for years.
There are people who think it would be a good idea and those who think it may
worsen the problem rather than solve it.
The reason that people want to distribute condoms in high school is to
try to prevent teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and (I separate
this from the category of STD's because it is so widespread, deadly, important,
frightening, etc.) H.I.V infection. The theory is that if condoms were given
out or made available at high schools, then the students would be more inclined
to use them. They would have them or be able to get them if they need to use
them. This would cut down on unprotected sexual intercourse and prevent the
pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and H.I.V. infection. If a student
was at a party and decided, on the spur of the moment, to engage in sexual
intercourse, then it is more likely that they have a condom if schools
distributed them. This sounds good in theory, but will it really work? If
schools distribute condoms, shouldn't they also teach the students how to use
them and teach them a little about sex (sex education in schools, another
The world certainly needs to try to decrease teenage pregnancies, STD's,
and H.I.V. infection. In an article from the New York Times, the United Nations
reports that women, especially sexually active teenage girls, have a higher rate
of H.I.V. infection than men in that age group. It cited the slow development
of mucous membranes as the... [continues]
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