The controversy surrounding sex education and giving out condoms to high school students continues after Department of Health (DOH) announced their plan to distribute condoms in schools as part of its “business unusual” strategy amid the sharp rise in the number of HIV and AIDS among the youth in the country. The alarming rising of HIV cases and teenage pregnancy in the country urged the government to do some actions in order to trim down this cases.
Data show that from 1984 to October 2016, a total of 38,114 HIV cases were recorded, with 32,099 tallied from 2011 to 2016. Among 15 to 24 years old, there were 10,279 HIV cases during the period, of which 9,066 were tallied since 2011.
The cases rose especially for those aged 15-24 years old. Supposedly these teenagers are our future, so we should increase their knowledge and awareness on the global problem of growing number of HIV cases and teenage pregnancy.
The issue about giving out condoms to High school students has been a controversial one. But it is not a doubt that teenagers nowadays are sexually active. Some might worry that sex education and giving out condoms to students might increase the number of teenagers who engaged into sexual activities. However, in reality these teenagers are already sexually active at younger age without even using any protection from pregnancy and diseases. Argumentations about condoms availability to teenagers earned a lot of critiques from netizens, while there are still some who thinks giving out condoms to teenagers will help reduce the incidence of underage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Opinions regarding this issue are already divided into two opposite judgements. Some might say, schools are not giving out condoms to promote sex, because the only purpose of this is to promote safe sex due to an extremely high rate of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Yet, the role of each school is to properly educate the students and not to uphold off beam teachings to them.
However, I believe that condoms distribution is not the only way to eradicate the terrifying reality that we are facing right now among this teenagers engaged in sexual activities. Instead of giving out condoms, why not feed them with knowledge, educate and boost their awareness about pre-marital sex. Giving out condoms to the youth is like allowing them to have sex anytime and anywhere because you already planted into their minds that it is safe, so there is nothing to worry about having sex.
Furthermore, students come from a different background. Teenagers who are fortunate enough to have parents with knowledge and can talk to their children about sex have less to worry about condoms being given out in schools. While those who doesn’t have parents that can guide them and talk to them about sex will somehow lead them to the opposite direction. Handing condoms to these teenagers might as well lead them to temptations.
Teaching purity, abstinence and the virtue of being a virgin at marriage will do more good, rather than distributing condoms to them allowing them to be tempted in doing such acts.
Why not just strive to teach these teenagers the right thing to abstain, by doing so, you are building a better future for them. Why not just influence the small unguided minority about the not-so-good outcome in engaging to this sexual activities at a very young age.
Counselling should start first at home, this is probably the initial thing to do in order to lead your children to the right track. Presumably, younger generations are getting lost wildly that’s why they need guidance from the oldies. I bet the only thing needed to reduce the growing number of teenage pregnancy in the country is proper guidance and counselling with these teenagers. Giving condoms in each schools is like abrogating responsibilities of parenting in schools and churches.
This issue about giving condoms is likely encouraging risky behavior of teenagers. Condoms aren’t actually 100 % safe. The availability of condoms for students will surely lead them to temptations because it is just handed them, it’s like basically saying that it’s okay to have sex at their age, which is definitely wrong.
They’re trying to prevent teen pregnancy but teens are always going to be getting pregnant because temptations is everywhere, how much more if you give condoms to these teens. Even if you use condoms, there is no guarantee that you will not get pregnant or transfer diseases. It is indeed the responsibility of these young generations. They get pregnant because they put themselves into that situation. However, there is no need for condom distributions in schools because the only thing needed to reduce the rising number of teenage pregnancy and widely spread sexually transmitted diseases is guidance and proper education to these younger generation. We may have different perceptions about this issue but we only aim for the best solution to reduce cases like this.