Resource Logo
New York Times

Condoms in Schools


To the Editor:

Timothy E. Vislocky (letter, March 2) argues that if schools distribute condoms because students will have sex with or without parental consent, schools might as well pass out cigarettes, "because children will smoke whether or not their parents like it."

The difference is that children need a cigarette in order to smoke; they don't need a condom to have sex.

Discouraging sex among high school students and making sure it is safe when it happens are two distinct goals. Each should be encouraged, but shortsighted opposition to condoms in schools achieves neither.


Middlebury, Vt., March 2, 1999


Copyright © 1999 -New York Times, Publisher. All rights reserved to New York Times company. All New York Times articles contained on the AEGiS web site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of The New York Times Company. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. However, you may download articles (one machine readable copy and one print copy per page) for your personal, noncommercial use only.

Information in this article was accurate in March 5, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.