DOH to give out condoms in schools next year

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They plan to do this to counter the increasing rate of HIV and AIDS cases in the Philippines.

The Department of Health is planning to distribute condoms in public schools next year to counter the alarming and increasing rate of HIV and AIDS cases in the country.

During a press conference for the World AIDS Day 2016 in Paranaque City, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said that distributing free condoms in schools will address the problem.

“The distribution of condoms will start as soon as we have threshed out certain matters with the DepEd,” said Ubial in an interview with the Philippine Star.

“Of course, we also have to prepare the school authorities, teachers, principals, healthcare providers,” she added.

Ubial also stressed that sex education must not be withheld among youth as this will educate them properly about the matter.

“As soon as the child asks you a question, be honest, say it outright. (Don’t) talk about the bees and the birds,” she said.

“You talk to the child as if you’re discussing any topic under the sun. Be factual. Don’t beat around the bush. Don’t even use analogy. Just go straight to the point. I think that has been proven in other many countries that that’s the way to inform the youth,” she added.

Ubial said that the plan to distribute condoms solely aims to fight HIV/AIDS and not to encourage the youth to perform sexual activities.

“We’re offering distribution of condoms with our partners in the National Youth Commission and DepEd. This is a nontraditional outlet for safe sex interventions, but we have to do this,” she said.

“[Our strategy] would no longer just focus on health centers and hospitals. We’ll go down to the community, to the households, involving the parents, the education sector, the teachers, the whole community,” she said.
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