Would You Give Your kid a Condom?
It's a tough time to be a parent with all of the cringe-worthy, controversial welcome-early-sex efforts.
The 'might as well make it safe' mentality is becoming universal as many professionals, including doctors, tend to the health of youngsters getting it on much sooner than their parents may like to predict.
Not only are the doctors pushing safe sex, but now pediatricians are passing out condoms to their adolescent patients despite the controversial nature of this touchy topic.
While traditional parents may push 'no naughty nonsense' rules in their households, the rest of the world is saying yes to the early sex epidemic, evidently. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging communities, educators, doctors, and parents alike to not only encourage kids to practice safe sex, but to literally provide them with contraception-- particularly condoms.
"Although abstinence of sexual activity is the most effective method for prevention of pregnancy and STI's (sexually transmitted infections), young people should be prepared for the time when they will be come sexually active," said doctors in the Pediatrics journal published on Monday.
It is something to be said that teen pregnancy rates are on the decline in the United States with a record low of teen moms in 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite that, sexually transmitted infections continue to be an issue for teenagers.
An estimated 10 million new STI cases reported yearly are from people of ages 15 to 24, said the CDC.
A new option for teens in California is the Condom Access Project, which allows them to confidentially order one pack of free condoms per month online-- even 12 year olds.
Perhaps we have forgotten that 12 year olds are, in fact, still children, and sex is a very adult matter-- or at least it should be perceived that way.
So now, not only are 15-year-old girls able to buy the morning-after pill without a parent's consent, but adolescent children are being offered condoms by their pediatricians.