Young French people between the ages of 18 and 25 will be able to get free condoms in pharmacies from next year, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday.
“It is a small revolution in prevention” health, Macron said during an act dedicated to the health of young people in a small town in the center of France, in which he recognized that there is still much to do in terms of education and sexual health.
Condoms could already be obtained free of charge since the end of 2018, but a prescription was required and the measure “was very little known and therefore very ineffective,” the doctor Olivia Son, a specialist in infections of the heart, told the France Info station. Corbeil-Essones Hospital, on the outskirts of Paris.
Son considered that Macron’s announcement constitutes “a good measure”, since it can help to improve “sexual health and public health”. In this sense, he stressed that “it is necessary that (the condom) be more accessible”, since outside of the big cities “its access is more complicated” for the youngest.
In addition, the specialist agreed with Macron on the lack of adequate information and sexual education, since “by the age of 18 it is a bit late” and “on the internet you can find all kinds of nonsense.”
Macron, who was accompanied by the Minister of Health, François Braun, appeared with a mask at the event, and said that he was doing so following his recommendations “on a voluntary basis.”
In recent weeks, the French government, led by Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne, has urged citizens to wear a mask on public transport, in crowded places or in the presence of frail people in the face of the rebound in COVID-19 infections. all over the country.