Mandatory Condoms Free Of Charge And Without The Spread Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases ( Stds )

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In the mid-1990s, 400 Secondary school throughout the United States (U.S.) introduced a program that enabled students to easily obtain condoms. The intention of this initiative was to reduce the number of unwanted teenage pregnancies and stop the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), including HIV. In Seattle, Washington State, condoms were available in school health centres. Students could obtain condoms free of charge and without the need for parental consent. The condoms were located in baskets next to pamphlets on condom use, HIV and abstinence. Students were unrestricted in the frequency of visits and the quantity of condoms they were allowed to acquire. In schools without health centres condoms could be purchased from vending machines at a minimal cost. (citation, re: article: 31/01 0040). The implementation of this program indicates that school authorities were willing to commit money and resources in order to tackle prevalent social issues such as teenage pregnancy and STDs. It is also indicative of the maturity shown by students in their attitudes, behaviours and responsibility regarding procreation and the transmission of STDs. Even though parental consent was not required to obtain condoms, it should be noted that parental influence in the education of their children regarding safe sex, procreation and contraception are paramount in reinforcing the child 's responsibilities in these areas. Parental communication is an important proponent of sexual activity. A study was conducted in the U.S. states of New York and Alabama and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico among 14 - 17 year old youths and their mothers. The adolescents reported at the what age they first discussed the use of condoms with their mothers a... ... middle of paper ... ...o engage in safe sex. The U.S. state of Nevada is the only state where commercial sex is legal. Sex workers are required by law, to submit to a monthly medical exam to test for STDs including HIV infection. Any sex worker found to be infected has their employment terminated. In a period spanning five years, from July 1988 to December 1993, 20,000 HIV tests were administered with a zero infection result. This is likely to be the result of the voluntary condom policy adopted in January 1987 and ratified into state law in March 1987. (http://www.hawaii.edu/hivandaids/Condom_Use_Among_Female_Commercial_Sex_Workers_In_Nevada_s_Legal_Brothels.pdf) Other reasons for not using condoms include reduced sensitivity, allergic reaction to the latex material from which condoms are made, embarrassment - reluctance to ask one 's partner to wear a condom, stigma, loss of romance.

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