A new program now available in San Diego County sends free condoms to teenagers through the mail.
The California Family Health Council (CFHC) states that abstinence is the best way to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease. But for those who choose to have sex, the group is offering free condoms sent through the mail.
Health educators said buying contraceptives in a store can be embarrassing for adults and teens alike, but CFHC doesn't want that to get in the way of being healthy.
The group says they're meeting teens where they are, allowing them to order them online and sending them home in a discreet envelope.
The condom access program hopes to tackle a serious health issue in San Diego County in teenagers ages 15 to 19. San Diego County has the second highest cases in the state for chlamydia, and the sixth highest for gonorrhea.
“We know that teens in San Diego and across the state are engaging in sexual activity,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten from the California Department of Public Health.
Educator Chrissy Cmorik at Planned Parenthood said sending condoms to the home could lead to an uncomfortable situation between parents and teens. And they hope families can have an open conversation about sex.
“If families know what young people are facing these days, they might be more inclined to have these conversations really about protecting young people's health,” she said.