12-year olds in UK to get condom 'credit cards'
In a move to cut teenage pregnancies, boys in UK as young as 12 will be issued condom 'credit cards' which will help them learn about safe sex. With the highest pregnancy rate in Europe, Britain wants boys to take responsibility for contraception.Updated: Jun 08, 2009, 18:09 IST
In a move to cut teenage pregnancies, boys in UK as young as 12 will be issued condom 'credit cards' which will help them learn about safe sex.
Britain has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Europe and the government wants boys to take responsibility for contraception.
The plan is being drawn up for the Department for Children, Schools and Families by teen sex advice service Brook, whose chief Simon Blake said it would make condom use "an everyday reality".
With the condom 'credit cards', the teenagers can collect free contraception at football grounds, barbers' shops and scout huts. This will save them from the embarrassment of visiting sex clinics or chemists.
Boys who have attended a safe-sex session will be able to collect condoms showing the plastic card.
Some councils are already issuing them, but will be made available to all boys in Britain aged 13, over this year, the Mirror reported today.
They can also be given to younger lads who are sexually active.
Attending extra meetings on sexually transmitted diseases will entitle boys to get a stamp on their cards.