A PHARMACY is to give the rubber stamp for Limerick couples for Valentine’s Day this week by distributing free condoms to promote safe sex.
CarePlus Pharmacy, which has a store in Annacotty and Dooradoyle, will distribute thousands of free condoms this Valentine’s week to help to promote a culture of safe sex in Ireland.
This is part of a nationwide Sexual Health Awareness Week, which starts on February 12 and ends on February 19.
The free condoms will be packaged with information on the importance of safe sex, and freely available from the counter without asking in each pharmacy.
Figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Unit of the HSE show that rates of chlamydia, herpes simplex and gonorrhea are on the rise. For example, people in the age group 15-24 accounted for 51% of all chlamydia cases reported.
CarePlus Pharmacist, John Keane says “The days of people being embarrassed about condoms in pharmacies are long gone, but the statistics show that many young people are not as careful as they should be. People should know that they can talk to their pharmacist, in privacy and confidentiality, about anything including their sexual health.