Just like sodas and potato chips, Philadelphia high school students will soon be able to access condoms through a dispenser.
Over 22 schools are implementing the machines hoping to curb an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases among teens as young as 14.
The clear plastic dispensers will be placed in nurses offices where experts say many students realize they are infected.
“We believe distributing condoms is part of our obligation to keep students healthy and to remain healthy,” said school district spokesman Fernando Gallard. “The health department has described this as a continued epidemic of STDs among teenagers in Philadelphia.”
Students were previously able to receive condoms once a year after participating in a “free, voluntary, and confidential” STD program at the schools.
The test results prompted administrators to take serious action to distribute condoms more regularly instead of once a year.
Among the 130,000 students that have received testing within the last five years, five-percent have tested positive for HIV.
Parents were informed about the new condom dispenser in October and were able to opt their child out of the program.