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Doctors recommend making condoms available to teens

Updated: Tuesday, October 29 2013, 07:17 PM CDT
Posted by: Lauren Gross

Condoms work when it comes to unwanted pregnancies and STDs, including HIV.

That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics now supports making this form of contraception available to teenagers.Despite the controversial nature of the issue, the Academy has issued a new statement updating its 2001 position.

It's now recommending communities, educators, parents, and doctors help make condoms more available to this age group.

In a statement published Monday in the group's journal "Pediatrics," several doctors write that "abstinence is the most effective method of prevention."

But the doctors also say, "Young people should be prepared for the time when they will become sexually active."

The CDC says teen pregnancy rates are declining in the U.S. and are at a record low, but the agency also says sexually transmitted infections are still a problem in this age group, and that people between ages 15 and 24 account for half of the 20 million new cases every year.
Doctors recommend making condoms available to teens


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