With skyrocketing Chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in San Diego County, public health officials decided the best solution was to give out free condoms.They set up a website and anyone wanting free condoms could ask and they’d be mailed discreetly—no questions asked.
Since STDs are increasing at alarming rates, especially in 15-24 year olds, it would seem prudent to offer some common sense instead of dispensing a thin layer of latex and calling it good.
According the National Abstinence Clearinghouse,
• Will not protect against all pregnancies.
• Will not protect against some STDs including two incurable ones, HPV and genital herpes.
• Condoms can break or fail. They’re not fool proof.
Sexually active teens and adults need to know that condoms will never be a reliable choice. And worse, condoms offer no protection against broken hearts or lives. Only sexual abstinence until marriage prevents disease, and then faithfulness afterwards will help keep marriages strong.
Giving condoms away allows risky behavior to continue, but people deserve better from our tax dollars. Why not allow abstinence education in our schools, and let the students hear both sides. Freedom involves having a choice, but all too often the only choice young adults are given is what kind of birth control they prefer.