Thailand is taking a proactive approach to promoting safe sex and curbing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) with a new initiative aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. Beginning on February 1st, 2023, the Thai government will be handing out 95 million free condoms to universal healthcare cardholders. Each cardholder will be eligible to receive 10 condoms per week for a year, making it easy for people to practice safe sex and reduce the spread of STDs.
“The campaign to give out free condoms to gold-card holders will help prevent diseases and promote public health,” the representative said in a statement Tuesday.
Four Sizes of Free Condoms Available at Pharmacies and Hospitals In Thailand
The condoms come in four different sizes and will be made available at both pharmacies and hospitals across the country. This will make it more convenient for people to access them, as well as provide a discreet way of obtaining the necessary protection. These condoms of different sizes will be given away to pharmacies as well as hospitals across the nation, to prevent STDs including syphilis, AIDS, cervical cancer, gonorrhoea and chlamydia — Bloomberg reported citing an official announcement by the National Health Security Office (NHSO), Thailand.
Data from the National Health Security Office (NHSO) in Thailand shows that syphilis and gonorrhoea were the most commonly reported STDs in the country in 2021, accounting for over half of all reported cases. The age groups at most risk of contracting an STD were found to be people between 15 to 19 and 20 to 24 years old.
The Thai government’s initiative comes at a crucial time, as the country has seen a rising trend in the number of reported cases of STDs over the years. The distribution of free condoms is a step in the right direction to curb this trend, and will help to educate the public on the importance of safe sex.
Valentine’s Day is a time when people are more likely to engage in sexual activities, and the Thai government is taking advantage of this opportunity to promote safe sex. By making condoms readily available, the government is sending a message that sexual health and well-being is a priority.
Starting Wednesday, February 1, 2023, universal healthcare cardholders looking to take advantage of the scheme (and of course, sex) will be entitled to receive 10 condoms a week for a year, according to Thailand government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek.
The initiative is a bold move by the Thai government, as the country has a long-standing cultural conservatism, particularly when it comes to issues surrounding sexuality. By taking a progressive approach, the Thai government is breaking down cultural barriers and promoting open conversations about sex and sexual health.
Thailand Government Commitment to Combatting STDs.
The move by the Thai government highlights the importance of taking proactive measures to address public health issues. Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Thailand has long struggled with the spread of STDs. However, by making condoms widely available and promoting safe sex, the government is sending a clear message that they take the issue seriously and are committed to taking the necessary steps to combat it.
Moreover, this initiative will also help to empower individuals to take control of their own sexual health. By providing them with access to free condoms, the government is removing one of the major barriers that may prevent people from engaging in safe sexual practices. This will not only help to reduce the spread of STDs but also promote overall health and well-being.
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