PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A nationwide study out this past week finds surprisingly high condom use among teenage boys the first time they have sex. But in Philadelphia health department officials are still waiting to see if condom distribution is having the desired effect.

Nationally – 80 percent of boys are using a condom the first time they have sex – but in Philadelphia – a study released earlier this year finds the percentage is closer to 60 percent.

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Dr. Caroline Johnson is Director of the Division of Disease Control for the city’s Department of Public Health.

“That seems to be inconsistent with what we’re experiencing, which is a huge surge in STD’s among the teen population.”

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Johnson says it’ll be later this month at the earliest before health officials see whether six months of condom distribution has caused the infection rate to drop or even level off among teenagers.

Philadelphia’s free condom distribution program came about earlier this year in response – in part – to a high infection rate of sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers as much as five times the national average.

Reported By Robin Culverwell, KYW Newsradio

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