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Free Contraception, for Better Protection!
France now offers free contraception methods to its citizens aged 26 and younger in an effort to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among the young population across the country.
“It’s a small revolution in preventative healthcare,” states French President Emmanuel Macron. “It’s essential so that our young people protect themselves during sexual intercourse.”
Initially, the health strategy was destined for the 18-25 age bracket, but it was later extended to minors thus leaving nothing to chance when it comes to halting the rate of STDs. According to health authorities, the rate of STDs increased by about 30% in 2020 and 2021 in France. Consequently, as of January 2022, women under the age of 26 now have access to free contraception, consultations with doctors and midwives, and medical procedures associated with their chosen contraceptive. What’s more, as of January 1st of this year, free emergency contraception has been added as a measure as part of the country’s health strategy.