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French pharmacies to distribute free condoms to young people

The purpose of this attraction of unheard of generosity is to reduce the level of unwanted pregnancy among young people.

The purpose of this attraction of unheard of generosity is to reduce the level of unwanted pregnancy among young people.

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As France prepares for temporary power outages this winter, President Emmanuel Macron is addressing equally important issues. He announced that from next year, pharmacies will distribute free condoms to young people aged 18 to 25. The purpose of such an attraction of unheard of generosity is to reduce the level of unwanted pregnancy among young people.

– It will start on January 1st. This will be a small revolution in the field of contraception, – noticed Macron during a meeting on health issues.

The decision was made as part of a program by the French government that offered free contraceptives to girls under 25. Girls under the age of 18 also fell under its action. The authorities hoped that in this way they would be able to help young French women in difficult times, if they did not have money for the necessary pills.

In addition to fighting unwanted and early pregnancies, the French authorities want to counter the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. To do this, they organized free tests that young French people under the age of 26 can undergo to detect venereal infections. Also, if a doctor wrote a young man a prescription for condoms, the pharmacist at the pharmacy will issue them free of charge, and the national health system will cover the cost of the protective equipment. This program has been running since December 2018. However, it is noted that a rather small number of young people know about this: 21% of minors and 29% of those aged 18 to 24. Now young people do not need a prescription to get condoms.

The situation with the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is not in the best way. Between 2017 and 2019, sexually transmitted infections, in particular chlamydia and gonococcus, increased by 45% in young patients in France, especially among boys aged 15 to 29 years.

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