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Teens can receive condoms through the mail via new program

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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:58 am, Mon Feb 27, 2012.

For a teenager wanting to buy condoms, it can seem like a very long walk from the pharmacy in the back of the store to the cashier. Then there's the nerve-wracking wait in line, hoping no one notices the box in your hand.

If that sounds like too much stress, California health officials are offering some teens the option of getting free condoms in the mail.

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9 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:28 pm on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    So Brett... why stop at 12...why not 11 or 10.... then maybe in 10 years from now as children are more and more mature, why not age 9 and 8...

     
  • Brett Thompson posted at 6:47 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Brett Thompson Posts: 54

    Get out of the Stone Age people! Kids are going to have sex, unfortunately at younger and younger ages, so let's at least keep them from getting pregnant and getting infected/spreading STDs.

    If you're mad about the program and you have kids, maybe you should focus on doing some parenting and talking to your kids instead. This program has to exist because some people aren't good parents...and that's at all economic levels in Lodi.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:15 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Manuel stated...I love how Joanne beats me to the punch on these things...

    I love how you so affectionately cozy to Ms Bobin... it is adorable.
    So what is your opinion Manuel, do you think the state should discriminate
    again 11 year olds? Seems so unfair... maybe you think discrimination is acceptable, but I don't.

     
  • Kenneth Huntley posted at 11:47 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Ken Huntley Posts: 39

    Let's face it this is one of the subjects that people will be either side of the fence on. I do agree that teens should not be having sex, whether its intercourse, oral copulation or other activities that can lead to STDs and/or pregnancy. Let's face it though, there are those teens that will have sex, and I'd rather see them receive this package (and hopefully read the pamphlet on STDs). I'd also rather see a teen that is having sex go through this site than say stealing a box of them from the local Target, Wal-Greens, etc.

    I'm unsure if anyone reading this is aware, but up until I think, three to four years ago, Trojan, Durex and Lifestyle gave out free condoms as well (just one per order), also in a discrete package. Just giving a bit of info out there.

     
  • Manuel Martinez posted at 7:48 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    I love how Joanne beats me to the punch on these things. <3

    Especially this: "And Mr. Baumbach - just think that your comment took maybe 30 minutes of your life that you will never get back. Try to be more productive in the future."

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:42 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms bobin stated...And Mr. Baumbach - just think that your comment took maybe 30 minutes of your life that you will never get back. Try to be more productive in the future.

    Ms Bobin... as always, if you disagree or think nothing of my comments...thank you!
    ...was very productive obviously.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:30 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "Wasn't this tried with gay men and AIDS? How well did that work?"

    Actually, pretty well once people realized their lives were at stake. And FYI, Mr. Maple, AIDS affects not only gay men, but a much wider slice of the world's population, especially on the African continent, and condom education has been effective there also.

    Yes, it is pretty scary that statistics show that 12 year olds are engaging in sexual activity, but according to one commenter on the LNS site, everyone everywhere should know that sex causes pregnancy and sex causes disease. Unfortunately, not everyone is as intelligent as he.

    And Mr. Baumbach - just think that your comment took maybe 30 minutes of your life that you will never get back. Try to be more productive in the future.

     
  • Patrick W Maple posted at 3:02 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    "In one week, we've had more than 500 orders. Teens and young adults have the highest rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia of all age groups in California,,,and the least accountable parents.

    Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the leading causes of preventable infertility in California, affecting all women, but particularly women who are just entering their reproductive years...yes 12 and above...where are the parent(s)?

    Not everyone is cheering for CAP. Marc Haley, program director at the One-Eighty Teen Center, calls it an unwise and unhealthy decision to offer free condoms to teens, saying it promotes promiscuity...kind of like "aahh...one beer never hurt anyone (how many did you drink?). "Honesty Ossifer...I nonly habd oone bbeeerr".


    Wasn't this tried with gay men and AIDS? How well did that work?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:11 am on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    One is a condom access map so that teens ages 12 to 19 can go online, enter their ZIP code and find out where they can pick up condoms for free.

    This is unacceptable and horrible. The idea that 10 and 11 year old mature children can be so blatantly discriminated against is unspeakable.

    How can a parent of a 12 year old explain to their 10 year old that they cannot get condoms when they want from the state in the mail when their older 12 year old sister can. They will be depressed and feel deprived of this fundamental right to perform sex with adequate protection. I am angry and upset... this error in judgment by the state must be overturned. Age discrimination is a serious crime.
    their should be no age restriction when it comes to the health and welfare of our children... whats next...

     
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