School-Based Condom Availability Programs

Schmiedl, Renee
February 2004
Journal of School Nursing;Feb2004, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p16
Academic Journal
The repercussions of sexual activity among teens continue to be a significant issue in the United States. Detrimental consequences to unprotected sexual activity among teens include unintended pregnancy and acquiring a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is estimated that each year approximately 3 million teens acquire an STD and 860,000 become pregnant. A variety of programs have been implemented in school systems in an attempt to reduce the STDs, HIV, and pregnancy among teens. One program is the distribution of condoms in the school. There are many factors that the school nurse must consider in the development of a school-based condom disbursement program. This article addresses school-based condom availability programs as well as issues for the school nurse to consider when implementing such a program.


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