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Two County Officials Call for Condoms to be Distributed at All MCPS High Schools and Middle Schools

With school starting next Tuesday, two elected officials are calling for condoms to be made available in all public Montgomery County high schools and middle schools in an effort to lower the risk of students contracting sexually transmitted infections.

Earlier this month Montgomery County Health Officials alerted the County to the rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections among teens and young adults in the County. On Tuesday, democratic Councilmember George Leventhal and former democractic Council candidate and current Board of Education member Jill Ortman-Fouse sent a letter to MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith, Uma Ahluwalia, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Travis Gayles, County Health Officer asking for more information on DHHS' plans to distribute contraceptives at wellness centers at four MCPS schools.

On August 8, County Health Officials report that there has been a marked increase in the incidence of sexually transmitted infections, particularly chlamydia and gonorrhea, among adolescents and young adults between ages 15 to 29 in Montgomery County. Health officials are recommending a comprehensive strategy that includes prevention, screening and treatment recommendations aimed at this group.

Data from 2017 shows chlamydia cases rose by eight percent and gonorrhea cases rose by 13 percent from 2016. The data shows the highest levels in Montgomery County in 10 years for both STIs. These increases are consistent with national trends compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.