Friday, December 11, 2009

School condom availability policy changed

The District has revised its school condom availability policy.   The new policy, dated October 2009, allows individuals other than nurses to distribute condoms.

For many, this is great news.   For example, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a local expert on preventing teen pregnancy and STIs, believes the new condom distribution plan is an important step in keeping more young people safe.   Certainly, appropriately trained adults are essential to the success of the revised Condom Access Plan (CAP).   Brenda Rhodes Miller, DC Campaign executive director, said, "DC teens deserve the very best and that includes reliable, trustworthy adults.   Plans are only as good as the adults charged with implementation."

The Department of Health agrees and is training those who work with youth and young people themselves around condom use.   With the MidAtlantic AETC, DOH is launching the WRAP MC Program.   The program is designed to provide information, education and certification; participation in a Web-based training is training is required to participate in the program.   Webinar participants will be post-tested one week after the December 14 training.

And speaking of the training, a webinar is being held on December 14 at 4:30 pm.   Registration is required.   You must register by December 13 at 11:59 pm.

Thanks to Metro TeenAIDS for sharing this information.

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