Must take realistic approach

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 February, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 February, 1993, 12:00am

I REFER to the letter headlined, ''Giving students wrong message'', from ''Name and Address Supplied'' (South China Morning Post, January 29).

The letter stated that supplying teenagers with condoms encouraged sexual activity.

I am a teenager and I do not think this point of view is valid, as surveys in the US have shown, giving out condoms does not increase sexual activity, but leads to a reduction.

Teenagers felt that society actually cared about them and understood them.

Supplying condoms has also led to a decrease in the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

The writer suggested that teenagers should be taught to refrain from sex. But this is unrealistic as it is when you are a teenager that you discover yourself sexually. The more that they are discouraged, the more likely they are to try it. It is the mostnatural of human activities.

What should be done is that they should be taught about birth control and about how to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.