School committee members in Provincetown, MA (USA) have approved a condom distribution program at an elementary school. The new policy allows for the distribution but apparently requires that children/young teenagers speak with a school nurse or counselor before they can receive a condom, an aspect of the policy that not everyone agreed with due to concerns that the conversation may be a barrier for some to asking for a condom. However, as their elementary school education class does not instruct on how to use a condom, this aspect of the policy may provide that type of information – and other types of conversations/counseling that I would hope any concerned adult would ask someone who is that young and either sexually active or thinking of becoming sexually active.
About Dr. Debby Herbenick
Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.
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