Montgomery County Schools To Provide Condoms To High School Students

Montgomery County Schools To Provide Condoms To High School Students

When high school kids go back to school in four Mont­gomery Coun­ty, Mary­land pub­lic high schools, their back-to-school sup­plies will include all the basic neces­si­ties and con­doms too.

No, par­ents don’t have to pay for the con­doms. The school is pro­vid­ing them for free as part of the pilot pro­gram to stem the num­ber of STD cas­es in the midst of an STD cri­sis hap­pen­ing across the nation and world.

The Mont­gomery Coun­ty gov­ern­ment said, for 2017, the nation saw a 17.5 per­cent increase in chlamy­dia cas­es, 51 per­cent rise in pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary syphilis cas­es, with an 85 per­cent increase for ear­ly syphilis, and a 29 per­cent rise in the num­ber of gon­or­rhea cas­es. Health offi­cials are see­ing the increase in many age groups, but it’s the ado­les­cents and young adults age group – 15 to 29 – that have hit the high­est lev­el in a decade.

The prob­lem isn’t just occur­ring one coun­ty or state; it’s nation­wide and glob­al. In the U.S., there were over 2.3 mil­lion new STD cas­es.

In a press release, Coun­ty Health Offi­cer Dr. Travis Gayles said giv­ing out con­doms in the high school is just one part of the county’s plan in its effort to bet­ter edu­ca­tion, screen­ings and treat­ment for STDs. It’s a pub­lic health cri­sis, and because it mir­rors the prob­lem nation­wide, it’s impor­tant the coun­ty does some­thing so young adults and teenagers make good deci­sions regard­ing their sex­u­al health.

The con­dom dis­tri­b­u­tion will take place in the cities of Wheaton, Watkins Mills, North­wood and Gaithers­burg, but may even­tu­al­ly be offered in all the county’s high schools. Local offi­cials have mulled over the idea of imple­ment­ing the pro­gram in mid­dle school as well, but are request­ing fur­ther research to deter­mine if there’s a need.

High school con­dom dis­tri­b­u­tion pro­grams are noth­ing new and were enact­ed dur­ing the 1990s when the AIDS epi­dem­ic was in full swing. The Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics, in 2013, pro­vid­ed a revised pol­i­cy that sup­port­ed con­dom use among teenagers to stop unwant­ed preg­nan­cies and STDs. The AAP said high schools are the best place for these pro­grams and are regard­ed as high­ly effec­tive when used along with sex­u­al health education.

Although the lat­est Youth Risk Behav­ior Sur­vey from the CDC found a decrease in num­ber of teens hav­ing sex – the low­est in 20 years – STDs are still a major health prob­lem for them.

Syphilis, gon­or­rhea and chlamy­dia can be treat­ed and cured using antibi­otics, but a lack of treat­ment could lead to major com­pli­ca­tions such as pelvic inflam­ma­to­ry dis­ease, infer­til­i­ty and more. Some antibi­ot­ic-resis­tant gon­or­rhea cas­es have also been reported.

The best way to pre­vent the spread of STDs is to use latex con­doms cor­rect­ly and reg­u­lar­ly when hav­ing sex.


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