Boston weighs providing condoms at all public high schools

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The Boston School Committee is considering a policy change that would make condoms available to high school students across the city to prevent teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

The move would mark a dramatic shift in philosophy for the city’s public school system, where only a limited number of high schools that have community health centers can hand out condoms.

Under the proposed policy, students would be able to receive condoms at any of the approximately three dozen high schools either from a community health service partner, the Boston Public Health Commission, or from appropriate school staff.

The condoms would come with a hitch: Students must receive counseling about safe sex practices before receiving the contraceptives.

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