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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2013, Posted On: 1/5/2013

Philadelphia Installs Condom Venders In High Schools

Hank Schlesinger
TAGS: vending machine, condom vending machine, Philadelphia high schools, condom dispensers, condom venders, STD prevention, Advocates for Youth

PHILADELPHIA -- The City of Philadelphia said it plans to install condom dispensers in 22 of the city's high schools. The pilot program, intended to combat a purported "epidemic" of sexually transmitted diseases, will serve one-third of the city's high schools.

Philadelphia's decision to place the machines was partly influenced by a recent survey that showed of 130,000 students tested in the past five years, about 6,500, or 5%, tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease. It is estimated that teens currently comprise some 25% of new HIV cases in the city.

The venders will be installed in schools with the highest incidence of STDs. Advocates for Youth, a nonprofit, estimates that at least 418 schools nationwide provide condoms, but only 3% of those distribute them through vending machines.

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