School Condom Dispensers: Do They Pass The Test?

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, over the holiday break the one-third of Philly high schools with the worst record for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) were outfitted with clear plastic dispensers full of free condoms.

This pilot program is touted as a pragmatic response to an "alarming public health crisis." Nothing is said about negative repercussions.

Granted, the public health officials in Philadelphia do not find themselves in an enviable position. They are haunted by the alleged abject failure of abstinence-only programs across the country. Not only were the self-control programs a waste of time and money, but they also caused educators to develop a nervous tic. ("Here's your abstinence-only textbook. (Wink wink)."

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