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Thailand has started handing out free condoms

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Thailand’s National Health Authority has started handing out free condoms and birth control pills to anyone over the age of 15

Thailand’s Ministry of Health has launched a programme to distribute free contraceptive pills for girls and condoms to young people over the age of 15 from February 1. The new programme aims to combat teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in order to encourage safer sex, especially among Thai youths.

Although the programme is aimed at teenagers and young adults, the contraceptive pill will be provided to all Thai women between the ages of 15 and 59. They can apply for up to 13 boxes a year but can request no more than 3 boxes of pills at a time.

Women will be able to get free contraceptives from facilities linked to the health department, including health clinics, private hospitals, pharmacies, nurses’ surgeries, midwifery clinics and primary care units.

The service is coordinated by the Pao Tang mobile app, where users can log into their health wallet to choose where and when to get their pills. In the rare case that a teenager is sexually active and does not have a mobile device, one can go to one of the participating agencies with an ID card to get contraceptives.

The programme also plans to make condoms readily available and free of charge, especially for young people in Thailand, to promote safer sex. The condom programme is expected to start in April and will provide 10 free condoms a week to anyone over the age of 15.

The service will be provided every week, so in theory, a very active person could get 520 free condoms in one year.

Condoms can be ordered by adding the health department’s official Line messenger account. Those wishing to receive free condoms will also be able to scan the coupon code at participating venues. Locations for the promotion can be found on the National Health Authority of Thailand’s website.

For those interested, condoms will be available in four sizes: 49, 52, 54 and 56 millimetres.

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