Free condoms for teens

Condom Access Project mails condoms to teens through website

Young people ages 12 to 19 can order condoms by mail for free through a new program called the Condom Access Project.

In an effort to reduce pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted disease amongst teenagers,—run by the nonprofit California Family Health Council—now offers a free packet including 10 condoms, lube and a health brochure, which will be mailed in a discreet yellow envelope, according to SF Gate. While critics think the program sends a message of approval of teenage sex, supporters say it will be to the benefit of teens too embarrassed to purchase or unable to afford condoms.

“It’d be best if teens didn’t have sex, but if they’re going to do it anyway, they need to protect themselves,” said Denis Smith, director of disease control for the Kern County Department of Public Health.