Teenagers having sex these days is about as common as teenagers participating in extracurricular activities, it’s become the new sport that most teens are eager to try for pleasure and fun. When thinking about sex all one thinks about is the feeling of right now not the consequences of later. Every day thousands of teenagers are putting themselves at risk for pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, many sexually active teens will most likely have sex with or without a condom. Parents don’t want to believe their teen is sexually active or they assume their teen will listen to the talk about abstinence, but the statistics prove otherwise. Premature sexual activity among teenagers is becoming a serious social problem and teens are not ready for the responsibility that comes along with it. Distribution of condoms in the public school is better than any sexual education course provided. The purpose of distributing condoms would be for the students protection from unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted disease, and the unwanted embarrassment of having to ask for or go the store to buy condoms. Providing condoms to teens with total confidentiality would make these teens comfortable enough to make the responsible choice to use one. Teen pregnancy is an important issue especially in America. Currently the United States has the highest teenage pregnancy rate and the highest teenage low birth weight babies. For decades, our primary means of preventing teenage pregnancies was to demand that teenagers not have sex, but teens are rebellious so no matter what you say if they want to have sex they will. There are many consequences to having a baby young. Teenage pregnancies ruin not only one, but many lives. There are several health risks for the baby and children born to teenage mothers and are more likely to suffer health, social, and emotional problems than children born to older mothers. Also, women who become pregnant during their teens are at increased risk for complications, such as premature labor and other consequences. Teenage births are associated with lower annual income for the mother. Eighty percent of teen mothers must rely on welfare at some point and teenage mothers are more likely to drop out of school. One debate against providing condoms in school is the cost. Condom distributions are relatively inexpensive solutions to major social problems. In the United States, the annual cost of teen pregnancies from lost tax revenues, public assistance, child health care, foster care and involvement with the criminal justice system is estimated to be about $7 billion.
People must understand that condoms not only protect sexual partners from unwanted pregnancies, but also sexually transmitted diseases that could destroy lives and end ultimately in death. Condom distribution in high schools will teach kids about the importance of wearing condoms to prevent the spreading of STD’s. The purpose of condom distribution in public schools is to protect the students from sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. The distribution of condoms does not give teens the license or permission to have sex more it will make them safer. Although condoms are not one hundred percent effective, they still do provide protection most of the time, and between a good chance of preventing a fatal disease and no chance, one would opt for the responsible choice. It is important to educate teenagers about the use of condoms and how it prevents the spread of HIV, AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and pregnancy. Teenagers need to know the dangers of having unprotected sex and that they may come in contact with diseases that they can spread to others. A normal person can show no side effects of having an STD but can still carry it and infect their partner. Teenagers need to be aware of whom they have sexual contact with and to take precautions and use a condom and if the condom is readily available to them they are more likely to use it. No teenager wants to have the dreaded conversation about having sex, so not to many teenagers are going to be comfortable going to their parents to ask for a condom. This is another reason I believe that the distribution of condoms in school will also be more efficient for the teenager. The students will feel more comfortable receiving condoms in school from their teachers, faculty, and or baskets instead of the embarrassment of purchasing them. It saves the teen from the embarrassment and also it protects their right to privacy. Providing condoms for free is really helpful because most teens do not have the money to purchase them. Parents can sometimes go overboard and overreact to the situation causing the teen to just not ask and try to play it safe and leave their parents in the dark about what is going on in their lives especially about their sex lives. Whether or not the school provides the condoms the teens will still not involve their parents in their relationships. Even if the child goes to doctor for birth control the parent cannot control that as well. In this situation the parent just has to hope their teen is making the right choice. By providing condoms in high school it would give protection against pregnancy and STDs. Society needs to face the reality that teens are engaging in unprotected sex because of the lack of availability of protection. Today’s teens are much more mature than those from decades ago. Access to condoms doesn't mean teenagers are going to have sex. It means that if they do have sex, it will more likely be safe sex. Not all teens are having sex but a lot are and parents need to stop focusing so much on getting their teens to stop having sex and focus more on making sure they are protected. Sex is all around, on the television, in magazines, and in music, but we cannot blame the media for our problems. People should stop thinking about the negative aspect of providing teens with condoms or if they are sending the wrong message. Schools providing condoms is their way of protecting their students from teenage pregnancy and the spread of deadly diseases. Condoms can help save lives and that’s all that should matter.