Washington: Philadelphia is reportedly planning to install condom dispensers in 22 city high schools to prevent an "epidemic" of sexually transmitted disease among the teenagers.
The non-profit group DKT International hosted a condom tester contest in which 6,500 or 5 percent of them have tested positive for diseases including HIV, out of the total 130,000 student who have received testing in the last five years.
It was the results of those tests that led officials to start the current program to distribute condoms regularly in schools instead of once a year when the tests are conducted, ABC News reported.
According to the school district spokesman Fernando Gallard, students as young as 14 will be able to receive condoms for free, as after they return to school from Christmas break they will find clear plastic dispensers filled with condoms installed in the offices of nurses whose schools have the highest rates of STDs.
Gallard asserted that it is a part of their responsibility to distribute the condoms in order to keep students healthy, as the health department has described the results of the tests as a continued epidemic of STDs among teenagers in Philadelphia.
According to Gallard, Philadelphia has earlier provided students with condoms, as part of wider program in which the teenagers are provided "free, voluntary and confidential" testing for sexual diseases in their schools.