October 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA- Some schools in Philadelphia will soon have condom dispensers in their high schools. According to ABC News, students as young as 14 years old will have access to free condoms. This is part of an effort to fight the "epidemic" of sexually transmitted diseases among Philadelphia teens.
Of the 130,000 student who have received testing in the last five years, some 6,500 or 5 percent of them have tested positive for diseases including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Parents were made aware of the distribution program in October and were given the chance to opt their children out of receiving contraception.
According to Advocates for Youth, a nonprofit organization that advocates for sexual health among young people, there are at least 418 schools nationwide providing condoms.