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A study from the United Nations Population Fund has reviewed the consequences of giving out condoms in secondary schools. The review concluded that providing condoms to young people does not increase the likelihood that they will engage in sexual activity or lead to them engaging in sexual activity at a younger age. The introduction of condoms was also found to reduce sexually transmitted infections. However, the research also stated that teenage pregnancy rates are unaffected. The review of scientific literature found that the majority of research was from wealthy countries and recommends that this is an area of research that could be expanded upon in other countries. Currently these schemes tend to be in place in countries where rates of teenagers with STIs and pregnancies are low, and it’s possible that a greater effect would be found in researching where these are more common. Particularly in countries with high levels of HIV.

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