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Condoms to be completely free for French nationals 18 to 25 years from January

The action is part of a national push to stop the spread of sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs).

At an event for young people’s health on Thursday, President Emmanuel Macron introduced the program and called it a “little revolution in prevention,” according to the BBC.

The news source adds that the free condom program is a component of a larger project aimed at reducing the transmission of STIs and enhancing access to contraception in France.

According to reports, the campaign includes free STI examinations without a prescription, except for HIV, for people under the age of 26, and free emergency contraception for all women in pharmacies.

A 30% increase in STI prevalence across France in 2020 and 2021 prompted the health policy.

France has such a high rate of sexually transmitted infections that the government was forced to reimburse people for the cost of condoms if they were purchased in a drugstore with a prescription from a doctor or midwife.

All women up to the age of 26 and girls under the age of 18 are entitled to free contraception, but the government is expanding access to the drug to reduce STI infections.

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