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Cape Henlopen High School to Offer Contraceptives and HIV Testing

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LEWES, Del. - The Cape Henlopen High School Wellness Center will offer contraceptives and HIV testing starting next school year.

The move comes after the Cape Henlopen School Board approved the motion 6-1 at their Thursday night meeting.

The wellness center--operated in partnership with Beebe Healthcare and Delaware Division of Public Health--currently offers services including sports physicals, immunizations and STI & pregnancy tests. It will now also offer HIV testing and contraceptives including condoms, oral contraceptives, birth control implants and the Depo-Provera shot.

A big topic of conversation at the meeting was parental consent. Currently, parents must consent to allow their children to use the wellness center, but Delaware state law allows for minors as young as 12 to receive reproductive services without notifying a parent or guardian.

Beebe attorney Bruce Leshine says they will revise the current consent form and draft a notice to parents informing them of the new services, what the law states and what their children's rights are under Delaware law.

Wellness Center nurse Joann K. Economos says the services will help combat some of the state's teen pregnancy and sexual activity statistics. In a presentation given to the board at an earlier meeting, Economos noted that Delaware currently ranked 6th highest for teen pregnancy in America and 4th highest for teen abortion rates.

The changes will begin in the Cape Henlopen School District 2017-2018 School Year. 

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