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Prevention/Epidemiology

22 Philadelphia High Schools to Distribute Free Condoms

January 2, 2013

Students at 22 high schools in the Philadelphia school district will return from winter break to find plastic condom dispensers in their student health offices. The condoms are free and available to all students; however, nurses will not be allowed to distribute condoms to teenagers whose parents have opted them out of the program. According to Dr. Donald F. Schwarz, Philadelphia's health commissioner and deputy mayor for health and opportunity, the schools chosen for this program have the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among students. Schwarz and the school district sent letters to the parents, explaining that if they did not want their children to participate, they should call or send a letter to their school's principal. Principals will then make that list available to the nurses. Students who are on the opt-out list will not be able to get condoms from the dispensers.

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