(BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN) — In an attempt to address Kern County's alarmingly high rates of sexually transmitted disease and teen births, a new health initiative will let local teenagers order condoms online and receive the free shipment in the mail.
The program, supported by the California Department of Public Health's STD Control Branch and the nonprofit California Family Health Council, will also be reaching out to teen-friendly clinics and organizations and providing them with free condoms.
A searchable map on the organization's TeenSource.org website will list those locations as well as places that already provide free condoms.
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While supporters hope the move will encourage safer sex, others argue more condoms aren't the solution to the STD epidemic, and that a mail-order approach violates a family's privacy.