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Men and women are encouraged by the state to carry condoms

When it comes to being prepared for sex, it is the general assumption of women that men carry condoms on them. However, not all men do. This fact alone can make both genders more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). So why should it be the man's responsibility?

Aside from female contraceptives, such as the vaginal ring or the pill - which don't protect against STDs - women are more likely to not be prepared for sex when compared to men, according to the Philadelphia Media Network. This issue was addressed by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health when it launched the She Takes Control! campaign.

The campaign is part of the department's Freedom Condom initiative that distributes these prophylactics to teenagers around the city of Philadelphia. Teens can even receive condoms by mail, which enables them to avoid having to purchase them at the local pharmacy or convenience store, according to the city's Department of Public Health website.

Youth in Philadelphia are at high risk of STDs. The rate of chlamydia and gonorrhea among 15 to 19-year-olds in the city is about 3 times the national rate. For 10 to 14-year-olds, chlamydia is five times the national rate, and gonorrhea is four times higher.

She Takes Control! campaign offers free female condoms at the city's Health Center 1 and Health Center 5. The health department also runs the most extensive school-based STD screening program in the U.S., according to the news source. Students are tested due to the concern over the rate of STD transmission among this age group. With access to female condoms, teen girls don't have to rely on a guy. Both individuals involved have the opportunity to be prepared.