Condoms for Tweens: Philly Health Department Passing Out Protection to 11-Year-Olds

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Free condoms in middle schools are a rising trend. Credit: Getty Images


Your daughter is turning 11 and wants to host a sleepover.

If you want to make the celebration really special, spice things up by allowing her to invite some boys over for an orgy. That's right, an orgy.

They're not just for Roman emperors and magazine publishers who spend all day in their PJs anymore. Public health officials say they're all the rage 'round Philadelphia way.

And you wouldn't believe the party favors kids as young as 10 and 11 are bringing home.

With numerous tales of these door prizes reaching the public health department, the London Daily Mail reports health officials have taken the extraordinary -- and controversial -- measure of offering some freebies of their own: free condoms for middle school students, as well as a video tutorial on how to use them.

The Mail reports this is in response to increasing reports of kids skipping school for what you might call independent study.

Reality can't be avoided, Jill Foster, director of the Dorothy Mann Centre for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV, tells the Philadephia Inquirer.

"We follow 200 teenagers with HIV, and the youngest is 12," she says. "When we started doing HIV treatment in 1998, the average age of patients was 16 or 17. The first time we got a 13-year-old was mind-blowing. But people have no idea how tough it is to be a kid who's exposed to sexual media images and peer pressure.

"It's routine for 12- and 13-year-olds to talk about sex," she adds. "Younger kids hear them and they want to be part of that older world. They don't have maturity or impulse control, so if we can get them to have condoms with them when they start having sex, they are going to be safer. I wish it weren't necessary. Unfortunately, it is."

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control confirm that the age a kid in Philly starts having sex is 13. That's the youngest age of any city in the country.

The Daily Mail reports the video offered to schools guides kids through the process of putting on female condoms with a number of suggested poses. One video shows an animated girl with her leg on a chair. Another demonstrates how the condom can be inserted lying down.

Another video shows a cartoon penis carrying a condom and putting it over his head before making a vigorous thrusting action.

"We do more workshops in middle schools than in high schools," Gary Bell, the executive director of the sexual health charity Bebashi-Transition to Hope, tells the Inquirer.

"Teachers call us because their kids are acting out sexually," he adds. "They'll catch them in the bathroom or the stairwell. They hear that kids are cutting schools to have orgies."

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