Susan Donaldson James
April 17, 2011
With the largest rate of teens having sex in the country and the fifth-highest HIV/AIDS rate in that age group, Philadelphia has launched a campaign to reverse those trends with a website that offers mail-order condoms to children as young as 11.
A similar effort in Provincetown, Mass., last year stirred up vigorous protest from parents when the school board made condoms available to children of all ages, as long as they went to a school counselor and asked. After the uproar, officials limited access to fifth-graders and up — or those 11 and older.
But so far in Philadelphia, the parental reaction has been minimal, according to city health department spokesman Jeff Moran.