Halfway through my first year of high school, the halls were abuzz with talk of the new apparatus in the bathrooms. It wasn’t another tampon dispenser. With this machine, if you slipped in a quarter, out came a condom.
Upon hearing this, my friend Jenny and I decided to make a pilgrimage to the bathroom during lunch. There we diligently fed the coin slot, got condoms in return, and did what most thirteen-year-olds with prophylactics will do: we blew them up, bonked each other over the head then ran from the bathroom shrieking.
We did not, as some folks fear, sidle up to the closest pubescent prospect and announce that we were ready to have sex.
That concern was recently raised in Colorado after schools in Denver considered making condoms available to students. Some members of the community thought this was a great idea. Others did not. As a member of the group, Colorado Right to Life explained, "[Providing condoms in schools] will encourage more sexual activity." In reality, the opposite appears to be true. For a long time, research has shown that school condom availability does not lead to an increase in sexual activity.
Not only that, but a new study even discovered that teens who use condoms the first time they have sex have no more sexual partners than teens who don’t. Not surprisingly, condom users were also found to have lower rates of STDs than non-users.
If you’re a high school student, it’s worth finding out what your school’s policy on condoms is. Once you find out, feel free to share with us. I can’t speak for the rest of the gURLs, but I know I’d love to know.
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