Doctors: Teens need better access to free or low-cost condoms

      EUGENE, Ore. - Doctors say condoms should be more available to teenagers.

      A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics says teens should be encouraged to abstain from sex, but that those who are sexually active need to be able to get free or low-cost condoms.

      The academy suggests schools and pediatrician's offices are good places to make condoms available, especially when accompanied by sex education programs.

      The committee recommends that doctors educate teens about the consistent and correct use of condoms, as well as encourage parents to discuss condom use and the prevention of sexually transmitted 's with their children.

      Some studies show that teens with access to condoms and sex education become sexually active later than their peers who don't have access.

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