Install free condom dispensaries in CPS schools
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Although people aged 15 to 24 represent only one fourth of the sexually active population, they account for half of all new STDs. Despite the sexual education courses that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students complete to ensure that any sexual activity in which they choose to engage is safe and healthy, many of them possess very limited access to the resources–condoms–to successfully do so. According to an Advocates for Youth study, obstacles that teenagers face when obtaining protection include "confidentiality, cost, access, transportation, embarrassment, objection by a partner, and the perception that the risks of pregnancy and infection are low." By installing free condom dispensaries in CPS schools, we can eliminate nearly all of these obstacles. However, CPS has no written policy on condom distribution in schools, which signifies a host of legal implications accompanying the installation of these dispensaries without a clear precedent. Furthermore, it could take years for the CPS Office of Health and Wellness to debate, outline, and publish a policy on condoms that is directly beneficial to students, which is not helped by our nation's divisive political attitude surrounding forms of birth control. Therefore, the Chicago Students Union petitions CPS to prioritize this pressing issue, and to take meaningful steps towards shaping a safe and healthy student body by installing free condom dispensaries in schools.
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