Condom Access Program Mails Free Condoms To 12 Year-Olds - Without Notifying Parents

Paul Wilson
By Paul Wilson | February 28, 2012 | 11:03 AM EST

No wonder California is perpetually in financial chaos. It’s too busy setting up programs to distribute free condoms to 12-year-olds and teenagers to help them responsibly manage their sexual budgets – and avoid their parents finding out.

The Condom Access Project (CAP), according to the Bakersfield Californian, allows children as young as 12 to go to and order free condoms by mail in several California counties. The program, supported by the California Department of Public Health's STD Control Branch and the nonprofit California Family Health Council, was launched this year - on Valentine’s Day.

The Condom Access Project mails free condoms to those who request them in unmarked envelopes, so as not to let uninformed parents know that their teenagers are receiving prophylactics. The Bakersfield Californian reports: “In case the envelope gets into the wrong hands, there will also be a slip detailing whom to contact if a package was received in error.”

The wrong hands would belong to parents. The program is designed to encourage teenagers NOT to talk with their parents about having sex.

If the intent of the program is to prevent teenagers from getting STD’s and avoiding pregnancy, then it is inherently flawed.

Condoms provide no protection against many forms of STD’s. Besides, “perfect” condom usage has a 2% failure rate, while “typical” condom usage has a 15% failure rate. Since teenagers are inexperienced when it comes to sexual matters, it is likely that the failure rates would resemble “typical” rates – or worse.

Ironically, admits as much, noting in its blog post touting the new program that abstinence is the only 100% effective method to prevent STDs and pregnancy.

But, if the Californian government’s intent was to give government sanction to teenage sexual activity by mailing teenagers free condoms, it could not have chosen a better method.


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