No to DOH Program for Free Distribution of Condoms to High School Students

 

AIDS/HIV is considered as one the most problematic issue our country is facing today. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a syndrome caused by a virus called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). The illness alters the immune system, making people much more vulnerable to infections and diseases that causes death. This can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. From 2001 were 174 cases are diagnose up to 6,552 just for the first 10 months on 2015 listed from DOH (Department of Health), it can be conclude that many Filipinos engage to premarital sex and the larger percentage of it are the teenagers. So as a solution for it DOH propose to distribute condoms to high school students to prevent of the sickness and as a way of abstinence.

 

The Department of Health’s plan to distribute condoms in high schools may come from good intentions. But, come to think of it and with all due respect, it is not likely to achieve their goal; it might just turn upside down or worsen the case. In my opinion as a teenager, they’re giving the youth a reason to do the things that they shouldn’t do at their early age. From an interview on Unang Balita Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial quoted “This is a strategy that is evidence-based. Marami na pong pagsusuri sa ibang bansa, na even in Catholic schools ginawa po nila itong strategy na ito. And hindi po dumami ang nagse-sex, kung hindi kumonti ‘yung teenage pregnancies at kumonti ang nagkakaroon ng sexually-transmitted infection,”. This implies how our government takes the easy way out, this program serves as another term for “go ahead you have my approval” this only gives worse thoughts like “may condom naman eh” “Tara babe, safe tayo, May condom ako eh”. Without the consequence of their action teenagers can do anything they want. This step may only lead to future problems like divorce, rape cases and worst murder.

Because every man has the mentality, if a girl is not a virgin then there’s no reason to respect her, no reason to fall in love nor to have your own children whom you’ll support and cherish for the rest of your life.

 

Yes, we have a big problem in terms of teenage pregnancy and the increasing incidence of having HIV/AIDS. But distributing free condoms, is it really a solution? Are those people or high schoolers sees it as a protection or a temptation?

 

Answering the first question, I think it’s a temporary solution that may lead to more problems that may affect every citizen. Instead of giving out condoms, why not invest on raising awareness; come up with such eye opener awareness because knowing high school students age ranging from 13-17 are the age where these people are starting to get curious about sex, what it feel, thus it hurt and such. So by distributing condoms this action might deliver them the wrong message the will further result to bigger problems.

 

PASS NOT THE CONDOMS

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An Advocacy of CIV151 Carpe Team Group