Providing Teenagers Contraceptives in High Schools is the Next Step

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Providing Teenagers Contraceptives in High Schools is the Next Step "Approximately four million teens get a sexually transmitted disease every year" (Scripps 1). Today’s numbers of sexually active teens differ greatly from that of just a few years ago. Which in return, projects that not only the risk of being infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) has risen, but the actual numbers of those infected rise each year as well. These changes have not gone unnoticed. In fact have produced adaptations as to how society educates its young adults about sex, using special programs, various advertising, and regulating sexual education courses in public schools. One major adaptation is the advancement and availability of…show more content…
Many students learn about sex and contraception through high school programs, so who better to give them out than the main educators of how to use them. Some high schools in large cities do distribute condoms to their students, just as many colleges all over the United States. Yet this should not be limited solely to college students and inner city high school students. It is most likely that there are sexually active teens in every high school, bringing risks to all of them. Dr. Joe. McIlhaney, founder and president of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health in Austin, TX says "adolescents and young adults are at the highest risk for contracting STDs" (McIlhaney 24). This mostly stems from the promiscuity of teens today. An article based from an NBC News report contained results from a survey conducted last spring of ’99. This survey was based on interviews with 400 teens between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. It found that a good portion of teenagers sexually active in America have had three or more sexual partners (Scripps 2). Moreover "nearly 20 percent of students have had at least four sexual partners by the time they reach the 12th grade" (McIlhaney 24). With that in mind, high school should be the first source for condoms, pharmacies and hospitals should come second, because promiscuous teens seem to be roaming high school hallways more often. Public high schools

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