France Is Going To Make Condoms Free For Young People Aged 18-25
France is going to make condoms free for young people aged 18-25. President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday (Dec 9) that, starting in 2023, anybody under the age of 25 will have free access to condoms in pharmacies.
This action, which comes at a time when household budgets are being squeezed by high inflation, aims to combat a spike in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people.
France is going to make condoms free for young people aged 18-25. This initiative was primarily intended for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, but Macron said on Friday that minors will also be allowed to get the free condoms, calling it "a modest revolution in prevention."
"We don't yet know the plan's specifics or how much it will cost."According to French health officials, the rate of STDs increased nationwide by nearly 30% in both 2020 and 2021. Since December 2018, French Social Security has been paying for condoms that are prescribed by a doctor or a midwife as part of the battle against AIDS and STIs.
Also, minors can get free condoms if they have a valid prescription or ask at their school's health center. However, according to the French president's office, just 21% of minors and 29% of those between the ages of 18 and 24 are aware of these programs.
Macron declared that anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 will receive free condoms from pharmacies. But after being questioned on social media by a French TV host and others about why the program did not include minors, the president decided to make changes.
In a selfie video he recorded on the sidelines of a summit in Spain, Macron said:
Let's do it. A lot of minors also have sex... they need to protect themselves too.
STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhoea are on the rise among young people, particularly among men aged 15 to 29 - with a 45% increase between 2017 and 2019.
Additionally, in 2021, the number of new HIV diagnoses remained constant at at 5,000. By 2030, Macron wants to see "zero new HIV infections" in France and an end to STIs "as major public health problems."
France is going to make condoms free for young people aged 18-25 in an effort to stop the spread of STDs.
During a meeting about the health of young people, Macron informed reporters that starting on January 1 those between the ages of 18 and 25 would receive free condoms from pharmacies.
According to health officials, the prevalence of STDs in France increased by nearly 30% between 2020 and 2021.