French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that condoms would be made available free of charge in pharmacies to 18 to 25-year-olds to reduce unwanted pregnancies among young people.
“It’s a small revolution for contraception,” Macron told a news conference. Health debate with young people in Fontaine-le-Comte, a suburb of Poitiers in western France.
The move comes after the government started offering free contraception this year to all women under 25, expanding the program to target those under 18 to ensure women the child does not stop taking the medicine. contraception because they can’t afford it.
Condoms have been reimbursed by the national health care system if prescribed by a doctor or midwife, a measure aimed at combating the spread of HIV. AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Regarding sex education in general, “we are not very good at this subject. The reality is very, very different from the theory. That is an area where we need much better teacher education,” Macron said.
Macron wore a mask at the conference, saying he was following “health ministry guidance”, as the government weighed its response to a surge in Covid cases ahead of the holiday season, although until So far, no regulations on wearing masks have been re-applied.
“Faced with the new spread of the disease… I think it’s good to set an example because we don’t necessarily want to go back to common tasks,” he said.
Officials are urging people to wear masks in crowded places and get a booster shot of the Covid vaccine as winter approaches.