A sex ed teacher in New Jersey is trying to teach students how to use condoms in the classroom to protect themselves against HIV and STDs.
Teacher Ashley Burdett is one of the few educators in the country that specializes in the use of condoms in classroom settings.
She says that even though students can go to the bathroom, they should use a condom in their locker room to prevent the spread of STDs.
“They are going to have sex with other people,” she said.
“So what are they going to do if somebody wants to use a knife or something else, you know, that could spread that infection?”
You’ve got to use your own protection, and if someone’s doing something like that, you’ve got an obligation to protect yourself.
“The problem is that the vast majority of students don’t use condoms.
The National Institutes of Health says that 98 percent of students use them.”
If we’re not doing our job to teach them, what are we doing to make sure that they know how to protect their own bodies,” said Burdette.
Burdett says that while it’s easy for her to explain, she has a hard time convincing students that condoms are the answer.”
They’re a great invention, but it’s not the right thing for them,” she says.”
I’m not a doctor.
I’m not saying that condoms work.
I don’t want to be an advocate for the pill.
I just want to tell you, the condom does not prevent HIV.
“You can use the condom to protect the body, but if you’re not using a condom, you’re taking a risk.
And you should be careful when you’re using condoms.
It’s safer than not using them at all.”
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).