ContraceptionMon Feb 18, 2013 - 4:31 pm EST
'Free condoms in the city': Ottawa city targets youths with condom campaign
OTTAWA, Ontario, February 18, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The city of Ottawa celebrated Valentine’s Day last week by launching a website called “Sex It Smart” to provide city teens as young as 15 with free condoms.
Ottawa Public Health says it launched the “condom campaign” to help stem a pandemic of sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV that is rampant among sexually active young people.
The campaign’s logo consists in a green cartoon speech box with an image of a white condom inside. Written on top of the white condom are the words “Sex It Smart”.
“Ottawa Public Health wants to increase the access and use of condoms. We want to do this through education, outreach and community partnerships,” the website states.
The city’s Public Health Department seeks to deliver 2,376,000 latex condoms over the next three years to city youth. Ottawa teens can have the condoms shipped to their homes, or they can pick them up at Sexual Health Centres spread throughout the city, all at taxpayer expense.
A Valentine’s poem on the website reads: “Roses are red, violets are blue, condoms for me and condoms for you. Sex it Smart!” A piece of advice reads: “Wear your heart on your sleeve and a condom on your…. Sex it Smart!” The website includes graphic cartoons and explicit instructions about how to use a condom.
“This one just leaves me shaking my head once again,” said Brian Lilley during his show Byline on Sun News Network.
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Lilley pointed out that “despite years of sex ed” in the country, deadly sexually transmitted diseases only rise each year.
“I’ve talked about this to the sex ed people and I say: ‘Obviously your message of constantly talking to people about this and constantly handing out condoms and telling everyone to use them constantly isn’t working. Is it time to rethink?’” he asked.
The Sex It Safe websites states, however, that “Condoms, when used correctly and consistently, are an effective method to prevent STIs and unplanned pregnancies.”
But Edward C. Green would agree with Lilley’s assessment.
The former director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies has scientifically examined what he calls a “consistent association” between “greater availability and use of condoms and higher (not lower) HIV-infection rates”.
Green and his associates found that people using condoms take greater risks because they think they are protected. Greater risks rapidly decrease protection.
“[W]hen one uses a risk-reduction ‘technology’ such as condoms, one often loses the benefit (reduction in risk) by ‘compensating’ or taking greater chances than one would take without the risk-reduction technology,” he said in a 2009 interview.
A group of medical professionals based in the Philippines also stated in 2009 that condom promotion had failed to curb the spread of sexual transmitted diseases in Asia.
"Condoms are highly dangerous," wrote Yolly Eileen Gamutam, head of Asia’s Catholic Association of Doctors, Nurses and Health Professionals (ACIM-Asia), in an article at that time.
“Even if all brothels were required to have supplies of condoms, and if they were available in all supermarkets, bars, restaurants, and other public gathering places still it would not deter the widespread of HIV/AIDS,” she said.
Pro-family leaders have pointed out for years that the spreading of sexually transmitted diseases cannot be overcome through prophylactics, but by training young people to abstain and save sex until marriage.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
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Ottawa Board of Health
Ph: (613) 580-6744, ext. 12799