Controversial Program Lets Teens Get Free Condoms Online

Feb 20, 2012
Health, Safety & Testing
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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A new program that lets teenagers order free condoms online is angering many parents, who see it as an endorsement of teen sex.

The non-profit California Family Health Council operates the website Their “Condom Access Program” allows teens between 12 and 19-years-old to order a free pack of 10 condoms, lubricant and a health brochure every month.

The items are mailed in a discreet envelope.

Proponents say the program encourages safe sex, and removes the embarrassment associated with buying condoms in a store.

“We know that buying condoms from your local drug store can be expensive and picking it up at a clinic can be embarrassing,” the website says.

But critics say it’s making teen sex too easy and accessible.

Some also say the website is catering to younger children with its language and cartoon-type pictures and graphics.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1/3 or teens between 15 and 19 are having sex.

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