Program Sends Teens Condoms in Mail
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA (KSWB/CNN) – A new California state law is beginning a new initiative allowing teens to get condoms delivered to their front door.
Teens as young as 12 years old in San Diego County, CA can now have the service via a state-run program called California’s Condom Access Project and the teens do not need parental consent.
The program is for teens between 12 to 19 years old.
“It [the site] will prompt you for your address and your birth date and if everything lines up, you’ll be able to order and receive a package of free condoms as well as educational information,” said Amy Moy of the California Family Health Council.
The project is funded with taxpayer money and targets counties with high numbers of sexual transmitted diseases among teenagers. San Diego County, CA has the second highest rate of Chlamydia and the sixth for gonorrhea among teens across California.
State officials hope more access to condoms will help lover the number of STD cases. California law also permits teens to gain access to contraceptives without parental consent.
The program is criticism from conservatives for the debate between abstinence and safe sex and coming between how parents want to educate their children.
The program runs on a $5,000 yearly budget paid by federal tax dollars. It has distributed more than 30,000 condoms across California this year.
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