Free condoms – level 3
In an effort to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, young people in France will get condoms free of charge from next year.
On Thursday, French president Emmanuel Macron said that condoms would be free in drugstores for those aged 18 to 25. He added that France faced challenges in sexual education. According to health authorities, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases increased by about 30% in 2020 and 2021 in the country.
In 2008, the French government started to reimburse the cost of condoms to individuals if they purchased them in a drugstore with a prescription from a doctor or midwife. Earlier this year, the government made contraception free for all women up to 26 years old. Contraception was previously free for women and girls 18 or younger.
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