SAN DIEGO, CA (CNN) - Kids as young as 12 in San Diego County, California can now have condoms delivered to their door. It's all because of a state-run program that's expanding into the county.
The kids do not need parental permission, and they can get up to 10 condoms a month.
Teenagers across San Diego County, ages 12 to 19 can now go online and sign up for a state-run condom delivery service.
It will prompt you for your address and your birth date and if everything lines up you'll be able to order and receive a package of free condoms as well as educational information.
Funded with taxpayer dollars, California's condom access project targets counties with high numbers of sexual transmitted diseases among teenagers.
San Diego County has the second highest rate of chlamydia and the 6th for gonorrhea among teens statewide.
California law allows teens to gain access to contraceptives without parental consent. State officials are hoping more access to condoms will help lower the number of STD cases.
"We really just can't keep our heads in the sand and pretend like there isn't a problem."
"It's one more example of the government's intrusion on parental rights." The program is drawing criticism from conservatives, not just over the debate between abstinence and safe sex. Many believe the condom access project gets in the way between parents and their kids.
"I would ask parents the question: who should be making decisions for the best welfare of your child? You as a parent, or should the state, who has no connection, no understanding, has no relationship with your child."
The program runs on a five-thousand-dollar yearly budget paid by federal tax dollars. It has distributed more than 30-thousand condoms across California so far.