One of the most frequently debated topics is, “Should Condoms be Distributed in Schools?” The majority of people say yes and no. However, a proper conclusion has to be attained.
Some say no because of the perception of encouraging teenagers to have sex, but I oppose that opinion and think they should be distributed in schools because unprotected sex risks young lives. The rate at which teenagers are getting A.I.D.S is increasing and for most, sex is experienced for the first time at an early age. Most teenagers do not take adequate precautions, thus they are risking unplanned pregnancies and also increasing the potential of contracting A.I.D.S, and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (S.T.D.’s).
Some people may also think that carrying out the decision of distributing condoms may change the minds of levelheaded, intelligent students. However, this has no effect on those who get good grades, as they are more reluctant to have sexual relations since they are focused and determined to have a good future. This also leads us to the cliché that ambition is the best form of contraception.
It has been published in ‘The Gleaner’ that teenagers are being denied access to condoms by clinics, pharmacies and guidance counsellors. This should not be so, as guidance counsellors should never be judgemental, but give advice, talk to students about sexual issues and be trustworthy as well. Turning away teenagers or depriving them of condoms prevents them from making the correct choices, as it is the amount of information and help we offer that leads them to the right choice.
So, condoms should be distributed in schools, but distributed with a message. It is important that all teenagers receive responsible education about sex and relationships, as they need to be aware of the risks they are taking and how to avoid them.