Philly Condom Campaign Targets Pre-Teens

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Many parents in Philadelphia are outraged over a new condom campaign targeting kids as young as 11.

The campaign -- sponsored by the city's health department -- allows Philadelphia residents between ages 11 and 19 to order free condoms from the local website TakeControlPhilly.org.

The site includes easy to understand facts on diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV/AIDS, as well as ways to prevent getting STDs. There are also instructions for young girls on how to use female condoms.

Officials said the goal of the campaign is to help prevent the spread of STDs.

Still, many parents feel age 11 is too young to start getting physical.

CBN News spoke with family therapist Dr. Linda Mintle about the message a campaign like this can send to young kids.  Click play for her comments.

"As a parent, I am personally outraged," one mother told the Philadelphia Daily News. "What's the back story on this campaign? What is it telling our youth? I get the sex-education thing for kids in schools, but mail-order condoms for 11-year-olds? It's shocking to me."

Jeff Moran, a spokesman for Philadelphia's Department of Health, said the campaign was launched last week.

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