Students Getting Free Condoms: Results of a study show that in the last five years, 6,500 Philadelphia high school students (out of 130,000) tested positive for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In response, school administrators have decided to install dispensers that will provide free condoms to students, unless their parents signed an "opt out" form.
The dispensers are going into 22 of the schools that rated the highest for risk in the study. "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." via Gawker