France Offers Free Condoms For Young People And Emergency Contraception For Women
French President, Emmanuel Macron has ordered pharmacies to disperse free condoms to young people under the age of 26.
The move was announced in December but came into place on Mew Year’s day.
Macron said the aim is to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people in France.
The move was aimed at young people between the ages of 18-25 but was later extended to minors.
According to spokesperson of the government, Oliver Veran, Emergency contraception will also be available for free to all women without a prescription as of January 1.
This was also announced via his twitter handle on Monday, January 2.
According to Reuters news agency, Authorities says that the rate of STDs in France increased by about 30% in 2020 and 2021.
“It’s a small revolution in preventative healthcare. It’s essential so that our young people protect themselves during sexual intercourse,” Macron said in December.
Meanwhile, French women under the age of 26 already had access to free contraception since January 1, 2022, including consultations with doctors or midwives and medical procedures associated with their chosen contraceptive.Click To Join HGS Media Plus On Telegram
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