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Pediatricians support condoms for teens
October 28th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Pediatricians support condoms for teens

Providing condoms to adolescents has been - and likely will continue to be - a controversial topic. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking communities, educators, parents and doctors to step up in making this form of contraception more available to teens.

"Although abstinence of sexual activity is the most effective method for prevention of pregnancy and STIs (sexually transmitted infections), young people should be prepared for the time when they will become sexually active," several doctors wrote in a policy statement published Monday in the organization's journal Pediatrics. "When used consistently and correctly, male latex condoms reduce the risk of pregnancy and many STIs, including HIV."

Teen pregnancy rates are declining in the United States; in 2011, the number of babies born to women aged 15 to 19 was at a record low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, continue to be a problem for this age group. The CDC estimates that people between the ages of 15 and 24 account for half of the 20 million new STI cases that are reported each year.

In the statement, an update from their 2001 position, the pediatricians' organization recommends removing restrictions and barriers that often prevent teens from accessing condoms. Parents should be talking to their teens about sex, the doctors say, and pediatricians can help. The paper's authors encourage their colleagues to provide condoms in their offices and support increasing access in the community. They also recommend providing condoms in schools, in addition to comprehensive sexual education.

It's advice some are already taking to heart. The fairly new Condom Access Project allows teens in seven California counties to confidentially request a pack of condoms online, up to once a month.

In New York, high schools are required to provide Health Resource Rooms where students can access free condoms and other health information. Boston, Philadelphia and other cities are also jumping on board to offer free condoms to teens.

Free condoms for your 12-year-old?

Research has shown that sexual education programs do not increase sexual activity among teens, and may have a significant impact on reducing risky behaviors. One 2007 meta-analysis found that sexual education programs may delay the age at which teens start having sex, reduce the number of partners they have sex with, and increase condom and contraceptive use. The same is true for condom accessibility programs.

Several studies have shown that providing condoms to teens, especially in high schools, encourages them to use condoms "more often and more consistently" without encouraging them to have sex more often, or with more partners, according to Advocates for Youth.

For example, a 2003 study done on Massachusetts high schools' condom availability programs showed "adolescents in schools where condoms were available were more likely to receive condom use instruction and less likely to report lifetime or recent sexual intercourse. Sexually active adolescents in those schools were twice as likely to use condoms."

In the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (the latest data available), 47.4% of students reported having sexual intercourse at least once in their lifetime; 33.7% were sexually active at the time of the survey. Approximately 60% of the sexually active students reported using a condom during their last sexual experience - an increase of 14% since 1991.

How sexually active young people can stay safe


soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. BP

    When did we decide to change STD to STI? Why? Irrelevant change that will confuse people.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cxm

      as medical technology advances and we understand more about infections, HPV, and other sexual diseases, we need a new term to cover more sexually transmitted issues- STI encompasses HPV and other things not included in the old definition of "STD".

      October 28, 2013 at 14:30 | Report abuse |
    • mlcorrea

      Because the term "disease" doesn't actually encompass all the different type of sexual health concerns.

      They teach it this way in schools, so anyone who has been to high school in the past 5 years knows.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:40 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      1995 actually.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      I agree. That's exactly what I was thinking when I read it.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      STI is inclusive of nonsymptomatic carriers, whereas STD is only inclusive of people who are symptomatic.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      No matter if it's a STI or STD you don't want it.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:45 | Report abuse |
    • jenbaker

      Having a condom might make the difference between deciding to sex or not... "If you really loved me, you'd go all the way," he told her. "Well, what if I get pregnant?" she asks, hoping to avoid losing her virginity without seeming a prude. "Well we don't have to worry about pregnancy because I picked up a whole bunch of these free condoms."
      Two months later the girl complains to her friend "can you imagine how Joey posted that comment on Facebook about me being so easy that the baby couldn't possibly be his?" Her friend Janine asks, "Well you did use one of those condom things, right? Yes, replied her pregnant friend, but it broke. Now I have to think about getting tested for some yucky disease on top of worrying about getting an abortion, and Joey won't even talk to me anymore."

      October 28, 2013 at 16:51 | Report abuse |
  2. Des Perado

    Yep...let's give condoms to teens now...pediatricians say it'll be a win-win
    And while we're at it–something for the pediatricians–give 'em five to ten !!!

    October 28, 2013 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Burnz

      Someone is a cranky teen mom.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:36 | Report abuse |
    • John Denver

      In my day all we needed was a hustler and a tubesock

      October 28, 2013 at 14:38 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @John Denver

      What was the teen pregnancy rate in your day?

      October 28, 2013 at 14:42 | Report abuse |
    • John Denver

      @Mike I was too busy filling up my tubesock to notice

      October 28, 2013 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
    • Filthburger

      Sounds like you need a condom.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:54 | Report abuse |
    • Sidewinder

      Or a new copy of Hustler

      October 28, 2013 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • balmy75

      brilliant. put all the doctors, the most highly educated people, in jail because your non educated backwoods ideals don't fit with modern science and the realities of current life.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:16 | Report abuse |
    • osima

      Teenagers are going to have sex. The only question is will it be safe sex. If you have a daughter and think she is a good girl and will not. You are a future grand parent in the making. Girls now days want to as much as boys.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:18 | Report abuse |
    • Eric J. Beck

      I don't think we need to give pediatricians 5 to 10 condoms. They can EASILY afford them themselves. better we spend the money on preventing unwanted pregnancies and infections.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
    • vishaltahiliani

      testing comments

      October 28, 2013 at 15:25 | Report abuse |
    • Steven Gold

      "something for the pediatricians–give 'em five to ten !!"
      Unwanted children?

      October 28, 2013 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • aloha

      Nit wit...take a gander at the headlines

      October 28, 2013 at 16:25 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      everyone everyone this is one of those parents of a 15-17 year old who had a child recently. shes literally trying everything to look like it wasn't her kid who got knocked up in high school.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • Fluffy

      I think Des Perado doesn't know the difference between a pediatrician and a pedophile.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
  3. my my

    The worse thing that could happen is bigger and better water balloons being tossed off school buildings down onto unsuspecting teachers.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Denver

      Depends on what they fill the balloons with

      October 28, 2013 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
  4. JOe

    Who's going to pay for this? TAXPAYERS? HELL NO. Kids should buy their own condoms or face the consequences of possible pregnancy and STD's. What has happened to RESPONSIBILITY?!!!! Teach it and let "kids" take care of themselves.

    People wonder why kids are weaker and weaker, it's because we BABY them sooooooooooo much and do EVERYTHING for them. Stop it

    October 28, 2013 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • gladiatorgrl

      yes GOD FORBID the taxpayers pay for all these BABIES either!! what are you thinking?

      October 28, 2013 at 14:43 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      This is a very bad place to take a stand on personal responsibility. There are plenty of other places to start. Condoms are not expensive, certainly not as expensive as the children that will inevitably end up in the foster are system.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:44 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You are an out of touch ignorant fool!!!! Would you rather have the tax payer foot the bill for a 25 cent condom or have the tax payer foot the bill for next 18 years of kid's life cause most likely baby momma or babby daddy can't afford anything and these are the one's who are breeding....

      .

      October 28, 2013 at 14:52 | Report abuse |
    • Filthburger

      Would rather pay for condoms for teens than bombs for the middle east.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
    • The Truth of the Matter

      Joe, Really? I believe in teaching teens to be responsible as well. But, I'm also remember what it was like being in high school. Todays teens do not have the same job opportunities I had growing up. I had a full time job and could pay for my own condoms. I am female and you better believe that I did not take chances on getting pregnant and carried my own.

      Ask yourself, is it cheaper to provide condoms or pay for the birth and well being of a child born to teen parents. I'll go with the condoms personally.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
    • why

      Teens are to responsibility as water is to oil. Hoping and wishing that most teens will be responsible is a poor place to start from if you want a good outcome. Give teens condoms and we get closer to the goals we want, which is a lower pregnancy rate and a lower tax bill for all of us.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      Dear Clueless Joe,

      According to an CNN/Money website, It costs over $250,000 to raise a child from birth to eighteen. Guess who pays if the parents are unable. The TAXPAYER. The inclues you clueless joe. So I'll ask. Which is cheaper for the taxpayer condoms or children?

      October 28, 2013 at 15:08 | Report abuse |
    • bigjimmie

      I agree it is not like condoms are not available. I don't have a problem with making them available but I don't think the schools should be handing them out to all the kids.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      But then the taxpayer will get stuck paying to support the mother and kid on welfare. You are not thinking this all the way through.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:30 | Report abuse |
    • Mike mazz

      Umm who is wondering why teens are weaker and weaker? I think teens are more on the ball now ad smarter than then they ever were. It is sort of odd that youd rather a teen get an STD or pregnant than just giving them condoms. So wierd

      October 28, 2013 at 15:39 | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Here is a classic example of someone who is penny wise and pound foolish.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:45 | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      @BigJimmie......................Do you want only certain kids to get pregnant? What kids do you think shouldn't get condoms?

      October 28, 2013 at 15:48 | Report abuse |
    • Mathprof

      Cost of condom to government: 10 cents.

      Cost of baby to government: priceless.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      Since parents are falling down on their responsibility society must step in and take responsibility for teenagers. If you want a simple definition of teenager, try this before you reject this idea: A teenager is a child in an adult body, with all the capabilities and none of the necessary protections like a sense of permanance or the ability to consider consequences before taking action.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:26 | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      @CosmicC...................Some adults are the same way.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
  5. dorkdingalong

    ya...bust me and win a baby, huh???

    October 28, 2013 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lainie11

    Did it ever occur to the pediatricians and "others" that the teaching of a good moral code which usually comes in religion classes and decent parenting, would eliminate the need for such contraceptives? As a side perk everyone would be saving money including the government with the lessening of medical care for abortions, unwed single mothers, and a host of other perks. It just might bring this country back from the brink, morally and economically. Teach the Thou Shalt Nots. Is this so hard to understand? It worked for thousands of years.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pauleky

      Because it's worked so well in the past? It's a proven fact that the most religious states have the highest rate of teen pregnancies (you don't have to take my word for it – a simple Google search will find the info). Also, have you forgotten what it's like to be a teenager? Abstinence education, has been and continues to be, a failure. So, rather than educate these kids and provide them help, you'd rather have more unwanted pregnancies? Did it ever cross your mind that abortion would likely drop if we provided what is needed to prevent pregnancy? It boggles the mind that people still think this way in 2013...

      October 28, 2013 at 14:43 | Report abuse |
    • John Denver

      since when is fu(king morally wrong? if kids want to bang kids we should give them adequate protection and education rather than manipulate them into thinking their actions are devilish

      October 28, 2013 at 14:43 | Report abuse |
    • UncleM

      Except it doesn't work. Sex is normal; get over it.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:45 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      If you believe in moral codes that have worked for thousands of years, please go read the Bible and tell me that the moral code contained therein is one you would actually want to live by. I personally enjoy seafood and would prefer not to be stoned to death for eating it.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      John... having sex out of wedlock has always been morally wrong. Just because today's society is deciding to change morals doesn't change the fact that morality doesn't change. To quote a religious leader who stated just a few weeks ago, "Man cannot make moral what God has deemed immoral". If we as a society put morals back into society many of our problems would go away. Including the man who butchered his relative and her four kids because they had a better life than he did.

      Put morals back into society and see America flourish again.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:48 | Report abuse |
    • What Now

      Lainie...The "just say no" approach and good parenting has not worked, ever. The most "religious" girls I knew in high school were the ones who usually turned up pregnant. Ignorance and wishful thinking are not a solution to teen pregancy.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • MrsM

      Teen parents are not only teens from immoral and non-religious households. If you actually did research before responding, you would see that teen pregnancy is not subject to those from specific religions, ethnic or moral backgrounds. Teenagers with preachers and pastors and other religious figures for parents have added to the percentage of teenage pregnancy as well as those that are not from religious households. So, what is your response to those pastors and preachers who are grandparents due to their teenage child's activities? I am curious to see what great wisdom you would impart on their religion and moral beliefs.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:51 | Report abuse |
    • Amuzed

      Aahh Yes, the age old "bury your head in the sand and PRETEND that kids will NEVER have sex, just because we said so" approach! This has got to be the absolute DUMBEST and BY FAR the most USELESS approach to solving teen pregnancy that was EVER misconceived!
      I think you should just PRAY about it until ALL teenagers "magically" stop having sex!
      Good luck with that! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

      October 28, 2013 at 14:51 | Report abuse |
    • John Denver

      @Ashley. who's morals are you referring to? Don't try to push your morals onto me. That's un-American. If it doesn't break any established laws then who are you to vilify it?

      October 28, 2013 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Sure, it worked for thousands of years. Just ask those Muslim heathens they slaughtered back in the day. I'm sure it worked out for them, too.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:58 | Report abuse |
    • Klark Cent

      @Ashley- I'm not sure I follow. Are you suggesting that your definition of morality would have prevented a mentally unstable man from murdering a family? What would your definition of morality have done to prevent this? Please explain

      October 28, 2013 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      F^&* religion in classes and %^&* religion. Nuff said on that. With that said, growing up religious (until I realized it was, as all religions are, a lie and a pathetic waste of fairy tale lore), I was pretty active sexually. đŸ˜›

      October 28, 2013 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • DarqueSide

      Let's play WHO HAS NO GRASP ON REALITY! For 500 points and the win, which high-profile, VERY religious political person's teenage daughter turned up pregnant during the 2008 presidential campaign? That's right, it's Sarah Palin, the self-righteous, self-appointed queen of 'morality'!

      I guess TELLING your kids what to do doesn't mean they'll actually listen, does it. Maybe if Bristol had given Levi a condom there'd be one less unwed teenage mother in the Palin household.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • PDXDave

      OMG such BS! Get your head outta the book of fairy tales and understand that kids have sex. Even the ones who attend "religious" schools have sex. All this abstinance only crap leaves sexually active teens without the information they need to make sound, informed decisions, and also leaves them without the means to protect themselves and others. Don't think that your kids are any different from other kids just because you are "religious".

      October 28, 2013 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      Have you looked around at the general caliber of parents lately? These selfish, narcissistic millenials put themselves before their kids. The Batman massacre with the toddlers and pre-school children dragged into a 3 hour, very age innapropriate scary movie at midnight is a good example. Same people that let their brats scream and run around in restaurants while they get drunk on still another margarita. Meanwhile everyone else's dining experience is ruined. Can't be bothered to teach the kids manners.... and so on.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:36 | Report abuse |
    • The Truth of the Matter

      Our society allows for education and actually growing up before marriage now. Historically this was not the case. If you looked at the numbers – the average age of a woman getting married was 16/17 and having her first child shortly after that. Did God not make us in "his" image? If that's the case then he was having sex at an earlier age than you are expecting from todays young people.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:41 | Report abuse |
    • Staf Coyote

      How amazingly out of touch you are. Teaching the thou shalt nots only magnifies their attractiveness. Forbidden fruit is always the sweetest. The Victorian era called; it wants its sexual hangups back.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Ed - Spring, TX

      You must be from some other planet. Teaching moral abstinence is the least effective thing to do. You must have been one weird teenager.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
    • Laurie J

      Society today is not like it was hundreds of years ago, let alone thousands. We have to prepare our children for everything they might face. I don't think any parent really wants to think about their teen being sexually active but not thinking about it doesn't change anything. Addressing the issue may very well make all the difference. My husband and I had similar discussions with our son and daughter and made sure they both knew that when the time came, they would be protected (yes, we encouraged having condoms). We encouraged them to hold off on their first sexual encounter as long as possible. We've not had to deal with pregnancy or diseases/infections. I think our openness and honesty really did help them make the right decisions, or the decisions that were right for them.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:20 | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      Obviously, your religion differs from mine and your definition of decent parenting would probably qualify as child abuse to me. Leave religion out of it. It has no place in the laws of a secular society. If you won't teach your children how to be responsible in our society, how can you consider yourself a decent parent?

      October 28, 2013 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      For thousands of years, teenagers HAVE been having babies because they were married off before they were sexually mature. And not all of those kids were created in the marriage bed. We've delayed when children should start having children, but not when teenagers become interested in sex. That means we need to take precautions.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
  7. Buddy

    Let's just put big boxes of condoms at the entrance/exit of all stores and make them free for everyone!

    October 28, 2013 at 14:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robert

      Awesome idea! And it will be still be cheaper than babies from out of wedlock mothers who only have enough education to get a job at their local McD's.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
    • DarqueSide

      Condoms and information pamphlets on birth control and STIs are freely available in the dressing rooms of various clothing shops in the town where I live. I think it's brilliant!

      October 28, 2013 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
  8. pauleky

    Why would anyone be against this? It's common sense (yes, I know many are sorely lacking in that).

    October 28, 2013 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. gladiatorgrl

    It's about time!!! let the go forth and multiply crowd birth all the babies they want – the rest of us evolved people will use birth control ESPECIALLY for teens

    October 28, 2013 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Joe

    They can be free but the whiners won't wear them.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill the Cat

      Neither will the stupid teenage punks who think that they are bulletproof.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    Why would anyone be against thinking exactly like me. The only right way to think of course. All you other folks are backwards. -arrogant tool who blissfully ignores / disrespects parenting that includes morals or religion.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • why

      You are welcome to raise your children however you please. If you wish, then teach them not to use condoms or have sex outside of wedlock. However, the reality is that many teens ignore their parents (perhaps yours might?).Your teen offspring do not need to partake of free condoms, it is a choice they must make. However, when the evidence that providing free condoms helps to reduce teen pregnancy, STIs, and also lower the tax burden on the rest of us who must pay for raising unwanted children (in direct and indirect ways), then please don't block our attempts to protect ourselves from your teen child's poor choices.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:29 | Report abuse |
  12. Eldred James

    I do believe that if you hand out condoms to a classroom of 8th graders, you will increase the peer pressure to have sex.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amuzed

      Oh yeah, the "condoms" are the "REAL" problem, huh?! RIGHT!
      I don't suppose that you tried saying that out loud first, just to see how ridiculously absurd it really sounds, did you?

      October 28, 2013 at 14:57 | Report abuse |
    • Amie

      Believe what you want, what you wrote is not true. Upping self-esteem helps teens to not follow peer pressure.

      October 28, 2013 at 14:59 | Report abuse |
    • The Truth of the Matter

      I was a single mother, I had latch key kids – someone had to feed them. I had this conversation with both of them in 6th grade, yes at 11/12 years old. I went so far as to buy a box of condoms and placed them in their bathroom. The only thing they used them for until high school was for water balloon fights. Both my son and daughter carried them by the time they were in 11th grade.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:17 | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Yep, because all of us here (including you) never thought of sex before someone handed us a condom....

      October 28, 2013 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
  13. BB

    The highest teenage pregnancies happen not in liberal states but the bible belt. Similarly the most government benefits are given not to CA or NY or the liberal states, but the red states! I agree nothing works like involved parents. But the raging hormones may not always be controlled by behavior modification. Access to condoms will save girls from dropping out of school. Those who say no, are not confident in their own ability to teach values to their kids at home. This approach is putting their heads in the sand. Risk minimization includes all of the above – abstinence, sex education and provision of condoms at schools.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Divdar

      This data is easily manipulated. It mostly likely includes ages 15-19. For all proposes, those 18-19 are considered adults. Looking at only those 15-17, it shows Washington DC with the highest rate, followed by New Mexico, Nevada, and Illinois. As for government benefits going to southern states, that is just a monetary method for the federal government to exercise control and enforce it's moral standards on the states. You know, like don't have casinos and we'll give you this much money, or have 21 as a drinking age and we'll give you this much more, have speed limits set at 55 and you'll get this, etc.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:26 | Report abuse |
  14. OldSchool

    "The Talk" from my dad consisted of him handing me some condoms and saying "Look I'm not very good at this, but don't be stupid...". I was just becoming sexually active and looking back I am extremely grateful for his frankness.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Truth of the Matter

      Hats off to your dad. I was a single mom telling that to my boy! It's not an easy conversation.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
  15. Dentists get away with too much too.

    it really pizzes me off what the dentists have been allowed to get away with in this country too.

    ewg.Org/sites/humantoxome/chemicals/chemical.php?chemid=100357

    October 28, 2013 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Amie

    I gave my son condoms but he is still a virgin at 18. I think I wasted the money on condoms.

    October 28, 2013 at 14:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amie

      Ummm, actually I do not know if he has had sex. He is 18 without STI or pregnancies.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • we don't know

      Amie, how would you know if your son has had an STI or had gotten someone pregnant? Do you really think he would tell you? Most men never get tested for STIs at any point in their lifetime because (1) they don't want to know and (2) they think that THEY could never get infected because all their partners are "clean". Nobody can tell if their partner is infected by looking at them and let's face it, why guy has ever taken the time to inspect his partner's parts?

      I strongly support offering condoms to kids and talking with them openly and honestly. I chose to wait until I was nearly through college but I was well prepared and chose with whom, where, when and how did that happen. I was safe. Access and open discussion does not hasten sexual encounters.

      October 28, 2013 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I sure as heck never told my parents when I started having sex. I'm sure they had no idea for years. Same with the girls I was doing it with back then.

      October 28, 2013 at 20:53 | Report abuse |
  17. John J. Johnson

    The same pediatricians can pay for it.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Bob from Accounting

    And in related news, water balloon fights have increased exponentially across the country

    October 28, 2013 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Renee

    Wow! And parents won't vaccinate against HPV because they believe doing so will encourage sexual promiscuity. In fact, nearly everything the medical community suggests does, right? Except we're the ones actually seeing the problems while ya'll bury your head in the sand and claim religious morality as you sit and spout your ignorant opinions. In fact, you are likely the parent who refuses to discuss STIs with your child at the age of 9 or 10 because "it's something you'll learn about when you're older". Really? But what does it matter anyway? The medical community is entirely run by the government so I'm sure this is all just part of a ridiculous plot to encode your children with tracking devices and use your body to perform experimental research projects. Haven't you heard?
    Seriously? Please bring back common sense!
    Signed,
    your pediatrician's office

    October 28, 2013 at 15:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill the Cat

      Guess what, Renee?? The ones on the board who recommended the HPV shots were former Merck employees. Billions of dollars have been made by the friends of these board members on tenuous links between 1/25th of the known strains of HPV, cervical lesions, and cervical cancer. And worse yet, if a young person already has one of these strains of HPV, the Gardasil shot dramatically increases the risk of cervical lesions, according to the manufacturer. Information from Merck presented to the FDA prior to approval states that "if you have been exposed to HPV 16 or 18 prior to injection and take the vaccine, you increase your risk of precancerous lesions, or worse, by 44.6%". And there is still no recommendation by doctors to screen for HPV prior to getting the shots either.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:18 | Report abuse |
  20. Divdar

    So, teenagers (under 18) aren't responsible enough to vote, join the military, get married or drink, but they are mature enough to have responsible sex and get abortions? Okay, makes sense to me.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • balmy75

      sooo. sex should be regulated by the government and made illegal for those under 18?

      October 28, 2013 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      No most aren't responsible enough for sex, but because of hormones it's going to happen anyway. Best to make it less likely to have severer consequences.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
  21. Bill the Cat

    "When used consistently and correctly..."

    That's the problem. You are expecting irresponsible teenagers who lack the brain development necessary for adult rational thought to be consistent. Ain't gonna happen. Spin the wheel, you pay your money, you take your chances. Personal responsibility and all that...

    October 28, 2013 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. bigjimmie

    I didn't realize that access to condoms was such a problem seeing that there is a drug store on every corner these days.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. schmeki

    if only apple would come out with an i-Condom im sure teens will use it

    October 28, 2013 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Momsacorn

      Best reply on this board, lol!

      October 28, 2013 at 16:36 | Report abuse |
  24. CherryMama

    Maybe the pediatricians are tired of seeing moms and babies at the same appointment. As nice as it is to always have new patients and future job security, they do care about their patients.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. DarqueSide

    Teens are notoriously IRRESPONSIBLE. They act impulsively and seldom consider consequences because their brains haven't matured as quickly as their bodies. Telling them to abstain from sex is pointless... you have a better chance of getting your dog to recite the alphabet. The kids least likely to make unintended babies or catch a STI are those whose parents are open with them, who understand reality, and who teach their kids to act responsibly if they DO decide to engage in sex.

    I'd rather pay the cost of condoms than the costs to raise unintended/unwanted children.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • anchorite

      Heck yeah. Teens are dangerous enough when they're educated. Imagine if all they education they have are urban legends and nonsense bragging of their equally impulsive friends. They need the talk, they need it at 10, and they need guilt free access to birth control.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
  26. anchorite

    Sex ed has been proven to reduce teen pregnancy and STI's for many years already, why they do this now? 11 separate studies showed that free clean needle exchange did not increase intravenous drug use, too, but Congress voted down funding for it on the grounds that it increased intravenous drug use.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • shawbrooke

      The reason why people are not listening is that when people who are not supporters of those interventions do the research, the findings are different. Some findings show that the effects of various interventions vary significantly by demographics, so studies and articles that do not recognize the effect of demographics are not believable. Some teachers will use the presence of condoms as an excuse for more talk promoting their own personal agenda, further complicating parents' reactions. Look at the whole situation and people's responses make sense.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
  27. John Schroeder

    Please stop the madness. I don't want the village raising my child, it's my job, not yours. The village thinks it's ok for my child to play violent, sex-filled video games; to watch violent, sex-filled TV; to listen to violent, sex-filled music; and to smoke pot and God knows what else. No thank you village!

    October 28, 2013 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DarqueSide

      Unless you keep your kids locked in their rooms until they're 18, they WILL be exposed to ALL of it. Better to teach them how to deal with the challenges, to think for themselves when confronted with temptations or peer influence. Better teach them how to live in the world than to hide from it.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      The Village is always being criticized for free condoms, drug education, and other civil minded programs, but does not get any credit for the great things it does; like educate and prevent violence towards women, and help the poor, and ensure our environment is clean.
      The Far Right is so good at preaching their Righteousness, but fail to show up on issues where minorities, of which their daughters are part of, need protecting. Jesus, who we are led to believe would have been a Conservative, thought these to be important issues, and even equated the treatment of the "lesser of these", to how we treat Him.
      If you Conservatives, do not want the Village to step in, then get off your Tax Hating behinds, and do something about it yourself.
      Make it right, don't just make it "Right", and allow the injustice to prevail.
      If Christians attacked all Injustice and Sin with the same intensity they attack Taxes, there would be no Injustice, nor Sin.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:55 | Report abuse |
  28. _______

    The advice in this article should also be given to professional athletes...

    October 28, 2013 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. R'Lynn

    We've taught our kids to hold off on sex till marriage, or until they are fully (financially, physically & mentally) ready to be a parent. But, within this discussion we also have talked about how we as parents know that teens will do whatever they want to do; we can be with them 24/7– they must learn to make decisions and mistakes on their own, but also know the consequences of those actions. We would rather our kids be prepared ahead of time and know what they will do when confronted with the situation, i.e., sex, than try to figure it out in the heat of the moment. This includes use of condoms, protecting oneself, and not relying on the other person to 'promise' to 'take care of it' . I'd rather my kids get a condom at school or a pharmacy or a gas station than come home at 16 with a positive pregnancy test, or a positive HIV or Herpes test. Information, open discussion, and an open door as a parent is key to protecting your children-the religious fear method does NOT work for everyone.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Truth of the Matter

      It was refreshing to see someone who does hold a high moral code for their family also acknowledge that you simply can not tell a teen to say "no". It's great that you want them to wait until they are grown up enough for the role – but it's better that you are realistic about it.

      The only talk I got was "good girls don't". They didn't even bother to tell me don't "what". My aunt helped me. She explained that as a young woman I would be the one stuck with a baby if I didn't take care of myself. I always carried my own condoms.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
  30. DarqueSide

    Condoms and information pamphlets on birth control and STIs are freely available in the dressing rooms of various clothing shops in the town where I live. Walk in to try on a pair of pants and there's a little basket of condoms with the sign telling you they're free and to help yourself to the pamphlets, too. I consider these shop owners to be highly responsible members of our community. They care enough about preventing unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STIs to foot the bill and take action.

    Good on them!

    October 28, 2013 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Shelia

    Curious, are they teaching about latex allergies as well? And that the non latex are prone to slip...

    October 28, 2013 at 15:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Shelia

    Also there are unintended consequences like having such good birth-control population rates begin to suffer and not sustain the aging populations. I can hear liberals crying now we are running out of other peoples money.......

    October 28, 2013 at 15:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CosmicC

      Please, pull your head out of the sand. We live in a world with fixed resources. It cannot support an ever-increasing population.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:38 | Report abuse |
    • really?

      Shela honey, we're not going to run out of people any time soon. They are crawling over and under fences, rafting across the Straight of Florida and flooding the visa application websites. All the while, farmland, forest, desert and marsh are being bulldozed over to make room for more housing developments and strip malls. Please, please, please let birth control do its multiple jobs. Everyone out there wants to have "three" children these days because we have so many unfilled jobs out there for the kiddipoos when they leave the nest. If you can't get a job, what makes you think your three kids will get jobs?

      October 28, 2013 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
  33. Thinkingoutloud

    What if condoms were also free to those on assistance, along with mandatory training on how to use them? May not be used by everyone but it would be interesting to see the affect.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. shawbrooke

    Just think this over. Responsible teenage guys are too smart to have sex, since they've paid attention to the reasons not to (like lower lifetime earnings). Thus it is the less responsible who doctors expect to think ahead and grab a condom at school when they might or might not have sex that night or that weekend. Sounds a bit unrealistic to me. Said teen buying condoms at the last minute, because the girl will not do it without one, is way more likely to be successful.

    Times change, and today STD's are more cure resistant. The time someone's infected is longer and one infected person thus infects more people. .A bit of honesty about that factor is much more likely to increase both abstinence and condom usage than is having condoms at school.

    If the world was as these doctors wish the world was, having condoms at school would work. But the world is very different from the rhetoric they are using and their solution isn't one.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CosmicC

      What makes you think that only guys would take the freebies?

      October 28, 2013 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • _____

      Women are usually the ones who bring and insist on using a condom. I've never met a guy who insisted on using one and I've been doing this for 20 years. Women are the responsible ones, most of the time, because women get stuck with a baby and men end up bragging about what they did. With child support laws, that is now changing but most guys learn too late. The original "16 and Pregnant" show is enough to scare anyone into abstinance or safe sex.

      October 28, 2013 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
  35. PhD in Sarcasm

    "STI" was preferred over "STD" in 1990 when I was a Peer Reproductive Health Counselor in college. We were encouraging people to use the "updated" term to better reflect health status: infection doesn't necessarily mean disease. Think back to that time....now think HIV vs AIDS.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Shelia

    On a good note liberals and democrats will birth control themselves out of existence. LOL not so smart of them after all.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JackBeHumble

      Are you inferring that conservatives and Republicans will breed early and often, and outpopulate the Democrats? That sounds a lot like the statement made by the Florida Governor being thankful Latino immigrants and their fertile contribution to society.

      October 28, 2013 at 15:50 | Report abuse |
    • The Truth of the Matter

      Shelia honey – your statement says more about conservatives than it does of liberals. She didn't think that one through well. Go figure!

      October 28, 2013 at 16:00 | Report abuse |
  37. JackBeHumble

    This is not a new opinion being expressed by the medical community.

    Many people believe that making condoms available to teens will cause them to have sex. I believe that whether or not a kid is going to have sex has a lot more to do with the education they receive from their parents (from a very early age), and the examples of morality, ethics and intimacy set at home. Making condoms available increases the chance that kids will use the condoms rather than have unprotected sex.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Why are they allowed to lie so much??

    The government does not require full disclosure of ingredients on cleaning products.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. tim

    This settles the argument concerning is there or is there not a God. I think it safe to say, every teenage boy and guy has prayed for such a day and it was delivered as feminism, medicinal marijuana, sex education and free condoms. Hey...our prayers have been answered!

    October 28, 2013 at 15:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Bob

    Two issues: 1) Condoms are cheap and minors can buy them, soooo, why can't they take care of it like we did when we were kids? 2) I've read that while 99.99% effective in the lab they are about 50% effective in the real world.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • _____

      Bob, you must know exactly HOW and WHEN to put them on, see?

      October 28, 2013 at 17:42 | Report abuse |
  41. oksunny

    I think this is a fantastic idea and Wayyyyy overdue. Sex is normal and fun.

    October 28, 2013 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Momsacorn

      And of course you would feel that way if some dude was porking your 13-year-old daughter, right?

      October 28, 2013 at 16:37 | Report abuse |
  42. JLS639

    This is a great idea. We have known this for a long time. Making condoms more easily available does not increase the likelihood of sex, but it does increase the likelihood of using condoms.

    October 28, 2013 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Machure

    Can't wait til they come out with condoms that tweet!

    October 28, 2013 at 16:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. but the kids!

    When they push this to the elementary school kids then we will have real progress.

    October 28, 2013 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Joey Isotta-Fraschinui ©™

    Absolutely! Give teenagers condoms and full, clear instructions regarding their use and related items for "safer" experiences.

    October 28, 2013 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Walter

    Absolutely, give them all the condoms they want. We've got to prevent these teens having kids that the rest of us have to support the rest of their lives. If you can't afford to take care of your kids, don't have them.

    October 28, 2013 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. rh

    You have two categories of people. The ones who take responsibility to raise their children to become adults and the ones who don't.

    This position misses the point for many young girls who get pregnant – they WANT to because they want somebody to "unconditionally love them". Yes, some people are just plain stupid and don't understand birth control, but are those the same who would take free condoms (do you make all teens take them?) and then leave them on the nightstand or in their pocket.

    Our sorority house had a basket of free condoms near the front door. Student health had them for 10 cents apiece. Make them available cheaply and that will solve the problem. Free is not the issue, there are many other issues at play.

    October 28, 2013 at 16:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. no laughing matter lol

    Little whoooooooores and sIuts

    October 28, 2013 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CherryMama

      It takes two to tango!

      October 28, 2013 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
  49. mitchy

    Why should we give out condoms? The far right says teenagers will abstain.

    October 28, 2013 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken Margo

      The far right also says people don't want healthcare.

      October 28, 2013 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
  50. Tina

    I'd rather buy condoms for my teenage boys than diapers for my grandchildren.

    October 28, 2013 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
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