Some Philadelphia students are in for a surprise when they return to their high schools after holiday vacation. During the break, 22 local public schools are working on installing new vending machines that will dispense free condoms.

And though, of course, some parents are none too pleased, I can't help but think, what took so long?

The machines are reportedly being installed in the nurse's office to make condoms more readily available to students. All teens will have access to them, unless their parents sign a form for their kids to opt out of the program.

According to WTXF Fox 29, the initiative is being funded by the city's health program in the schools with the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

Though some parents are reportedly calling the installation of these machines a way of "promoting" or "advertising" sex, I personally couldn't disagree more and think that giving students easier access to protection is a great idea. These dispensers will give sexually active teens, who might otherwise not have the means or ability to buy condoms, a chance to take preventative measures. This, coupled with thorough and comprehensive sex education (which I can only hope these schools are also working towards), could really make a difference--especially in a district that could obviously use some help teaching their students about sex.

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In fact, I almost wish parents weren't given the choice of opting out on behalf of their kids. I mean, who knows? One overprotective or close-minded mom or dad could  seriously be compromising their son or daughter's health--all because they signed that form.

That's not to say that parents shouldn't be made aware of the changes, but that they should let their children decide for themselves. After all, parents need to face the truth: Kids these days are sexually active and they are becoming so at a much younger age. That's why accurate sex education, access to at least one method of birth control and a willingness to provide their students with as much information as possible should no longer be an option in schools, but a requirement.

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MrsErika

i think is a great idea . while is sad that things have gotten so out of control with so many teen pregnancies and stds etc i think this will help them a lot . and that even those many aprents dont agree with the school's choice  theres no denying that teens DO have sex like many parents wont admit to

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