Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sue Scheff: Talk to your teens about sex - 100,000 condoms distributed at the Olympics

Yes, it is true, a little fact that many are not aware of. The Vancouver Winter Olympics had 100,000 condoms handed out in the Olympic village.

The distribution of free condoms at the Olympics goes back at least to 1992 and Barcelona. In 2000, Sydney organizers thought that 70,000 would be enough. They were wrong and had to send out for 20,000 more. Beijing also ordered 100,000 condoms with an Olympic motto: Faster, higher, stronger.

The International Olympic Committee also gets credit for acting like a responsible parent: In addition to handing out condoms, they run HIV and AIDS information campaigns in the Olympic Village. And the U.S. Curling Association has gone a step further: In partnership with Kodiak Technology Group, they have introduced the Hurry Hard condom, named for a phrase curlers chant to get their teammates to sweep the ice faster. Proceeds from the prophylactics - which sport a happy cartoon curling stone on their label above the slogan "Be smart, stay safe" - are split between USA Curling and Monterey County AIDS prevention. - MSNBC

Whether people believe this is appropriate or not, or whether it is an appropriate spending of funds, at end of the day it is about being educated about having sex with strangers (or just having sex period). Famous or infamous, athletes or fans, you need to learn about safe sex.

This starts with parenting. Talk to your kids about sex education, sexually transmitted diseases, as well as answer any questions they may have. As difficult as this is for some parents, it will be much harder to have a daughter that is pregnant at 16 (or younger) or a child that contracts HPV or genital warts.

Talking doesn't seem so hard after all.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens.

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