In a shocking sign of the times, The City of Brotherly Love is offering free mail-order condoms for kids in middle school. Yes, free mail order condoms.
Kids as young as 11 can order free condoms online at TakeControlPhilly.org.
One page on the TakeControlPhilly.org Web site says, “Let’s face it, sex is more fun when you’re not worried about getting pregnant or getting a sexually transmitted disease.”
The campaign hopes to reverse a negative trend in Philadelphia—the city has the largest rate of sexually active teens in the country and the fifth-largest HIV/AIDS rate in the 11 to 19 age group.
“We hear from teachers and school counselors and sometimes the principals that kids are cutting school in the afternoon and leaving early to go have orgies—and that’s in middle school,” Gary Bell, executive director of Bebashi-Transition to Hope, a local nonprofit that works with teens on prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, told ABC News.
Check out this video on the program, but be warned that the content may be offensive.