A local television station asked San Antonio parents how they felt about the American Academy of Pediactrics’ new suggestion that schools make condoms available to students. The results suggest that despite good research, myths about condoms leading to higher rates of sexual activity persist.
The varsity cheerleading squad in Wharton, Texas, warmed the bench last Friday night because of a homecoming gag that provided condoms to the football team. I’d call this an over-reaction and missed opportunity in a state where high school sexual activity rates are higher than the national average.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new set of recommendations encouraging schools, parents, and communities to focus on destigmatizing condoms and making them more available to teenagers. What was once a radical idea is quickly becoming normalized.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement Monday arguing that all barriers to condom access for teens should be removed because increased availability increases use—but does not increase sexual activity.
New research shows that the practice of newborn circumcision is falling out of favor, despite the fact that the data suggests the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the costs.
Among other things, the guidelines advise pediatricians’ offices to be teen-friendly and welcoming to all adolescents, regardless of sexual orientation and behavior; this includes training office staff and ensuring that office forms do not presume heterosexuality of patients (or parents).
The medical community has been clear: intrusive laws restricting abortion care undermine the relationship between health care providers and their patients and are based on political ideology, not on providing the best possible care.
The nation’s doctors are speaking up for expanded access to contraception. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorsed making oral contraceptives available without a prescription and emergency contraception over-the-counter. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that pediatricians give young women prescriptions for Emergency Contraception before they need it.
Doctors cannot restrict the treatments they mention to only those that they themselves offer. And yet this is what often happens with emergency contraception. Women are not told about the most effective option.
As European nations debate banning male circumcision entirely and states continue to cut Medicaid coverage for the procedure, the American Academy of Pediatrics releases a new opinion which says the health benefits outweigh the risks. Still, the organization stopped short of recommending routine circumcision for newborn males.