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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Still an Issue, Condom Plan Proceeds
Mezzacappa, Dale
December 17, 1991
Philadelphia Inquirer (12/17/91), P. 1A

Three high schools in the Philadelphia area will implement a condom distribution program today. Students at John Bartram, Benjamin Franklin and Simon Gratz high schools will be permitted to receive counseling and obtain condoms at "drop-in" centers staffed by health organizations. Letters were sent to parents two weeks ago explaining the program and telling them that they can decline to have their children participate, if they wish. Four other schools are supposed to begin condom distribution programs, as well. The school board's program is intended to eventually include each district high school, which makes it the second-largest condom program next to New York City's. Greater Philadelphia Health Action will run the Bartram and Franklin health clinics, while the Medical College of Pennsylvania will work with Gratz. Each center will cost about $30,000 annually to staff and operate, and private financing must be donated in order to maintain the programs.