School Says No to Safer-Sex Kits
February 10, 2011
Monadnock High School in New Hampshire banned safer-sex kits, which were made available to students by a group called AIDS Services during a World AIDS Day presentation this past December. Though the school had initially approved making the kits available to students, school officials said they didn’t known what was in them. The kits included candy, condoms and flavored lubricant, which reportedly upset parents.
I can understand that parents might be upset by being faced with the idea that some teens—perhaps even their son or daughter—are having sex. And having their children get condoms and lube at a school presentation is a painful reminder that their children might be at risk for STDs and/or pregnancy.
These parents have valid concerns, and I can understand why they wouldn’t want their kids to be having sex. But that doesn’t change the fact that some teens are having sex and need condoms to protect themselves against pregnancy and/or STDs. It’s naive for parents to think that if condoms aren’t available, such as in the safer-sex kits offered at Monadnock High School, that no teens are having sex, and consequently their teens aren’t having sex.
Not making condoms available is doing a disservice to any teen who would benefit from practicing safer sex. The more schools make condoms and lubricant readily available the better off teens will be. We would all benefit from a decrease in unplanned pregnancies and the spread of STDs.