From January 1 next year, young men aged 18-25 in France will receive free condoms from pharmacies. This was announced by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron. The decision is taken against the background of the increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the country.
“This is a small revolution for the purpose of prevention,” Macron said in announcing the measure.
As of 2018, as part of measures to combat AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, the money spent on condoms was reimbursed by health insurance if the means of prevention were purchased with a doctor’s prescription. But only 21 percent of minors and 29 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds knew about this measure. At the same time, an increase in cases of sexually transmitted diseases among young people is reported.
Among other prevention measures, Macron pointed to the vaccination of teenagers against infections due to the papillomavirus, which are linked to the appearance of certain types of cancer, such as that of the uterus.
The health insurance budget, passed last week by the French parliament, also provides for free emergency contraception for all women without a medical prescription.
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