Condoms Now Offered to High Schoolers in Maryland's Largest School System

September 12, 2018 AT 9:10 AM

By Donna St. George

Maryland’s largest school system decided Tuesday to offer condoms in the health rooms of more than 20 high schools, with several leaders describing the need as urgent amid a spike in sexually transmitted infections.

The Montgomery County school board unanimously approved the plan a week after condoms were made available at four high schools with clinics on campus.

Montgomery joined a number of school systems nationally, including in the neighboring District of Columbia, that have provided access to condoms to protect against disease or unwanted pregnancy.

The move is intended to turn back a surge in chlamydia and gonorrhea, which have made double-digit increases in the suburban county.

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