The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, announced on the sidelines of the National Council for Refoundation (CNR) dedicated to the health of young people, that from January 2023, condoms will be free in pharmacies for young people under the age of 26.
This is a “small prevention revolution” for the protection of young minors, in the face of the resurgence of STDs in recent years. Lighting !
What is youth sexual health?
Sexuality is a sensitive and delicate subject to discuss, but inevitable and which all parents must discuss with their children. For the majority of young people, the entry into sexual life occurs during adolescence.
Faced with the risk of STDs or unwanted pregnancies, sex education is essential! Childhood is the right time to talk about it! Even if discussing these subjects with a pre-teen can be delicate, the discussion must take place in a calm and open context.
Sex education consists in awakening children to sexuality and its risks by providing them with reliable knowledge on this subject and by answering their questions clearly and without ambiguity.
Parents are primarily responsible for this education, but other actors intervene, in particular schools (for example by alerting young people to the risks associated with sexually transmitted diseases), the written or audiovisual media, associations, etc…
It will be useful to remind the child that the sexual relations he may have seen on the internet should not be the norm, but on the contrary that his first lovemaking should be imbued with respect, attention and shared tenderness.
Condoms: already covered by Social Security
Whether for men or women, different means of contraception exist (hormonal or mechanical) to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Some are covered by health insurance and others are not.
During a medical consultation, the health professional (midwife, gynecologist and obstetrician or attending physician) can prescribe contraception according to your age, your desires and feelings, your lifestyle, etc.
Your city’s Family Planning is also there to welcome you, provide you with listening and advice, but also offer you access to means of contraception, emergency or not (condoms, morning after pill, etc.)
The following means of contraception are reimbursed by Social Security:
- Some birth control pills
- Hormonal contraceptive implants
- IUDs and intrauterine devices (IUDs)
As for male condoms, it is a device to protect not only from such an unwanted pregnancy, but also from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV.
Since 2019, only two brands of condoms “Eden” and “Sortez Couvert!” » were covered by health insurance up to 60% and under conditions. The remaining 40% had to be covered by your health insurance.
A major player in student mutual insurance, HEYME offers you complementary health insurance from €9.90 per month. Various guarantees are available to you, including the health and prevention guarantee. It covers contraception reimbursed by health insurance up to 100% of the convention rate.
In addition, the formulas offer annual flat rates for contraception reimbursed or not by social security (contraception, emergency contraception, male condoms and reusable sanitary protection) and vary according to the level of cover taken out.
👉 HEYME student health insurance
Good to know :
It is very easy to get it. However, over-the-counter condoms in supermarkets, pharmacies, parapharmacies, supermarkets or others are not reimbursed by Social Security. Resulting from research and development with the aim of offering you ever more flavors and options, there are condoms which are not reimbursed and will cost you around one euro per unit for each of their models.
Reimbursement of condoms by Social Security in 2023
From January 1, 2023, condoms will be accessible to all minors under the age of 26 without a medical prescription. They will be available free of charge in pharmacies and 100% reimbursed by Social Security.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Since 1999, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends replacing the acronym STD (sexually transmitted diseases, also called venereal) by STI (sexually transmitted infections).
The acronym IST is used to encourage screening, even in the absence of symptoms. This means that unlike diseases, you can carry an infection without showing symptoms.
Viruses or bacteria, infections are mainly transmitted by skin contact during sexual intercourse, vaginally, anally or orally. Their number include herpes (HSV), AIDS (HIV), hepatitis B, chlamydiosis, syphilis or the papillomavirus.
Good to know :
During each sexual encounter, condoms are one of the best methods of prevention and one of the most effective means of protecting yourself against STIs, provided they are used correctly and systematically!
Free HIV testing
Everyone is responsible and must be an actor of their own sexual health! Good prophylaxis is essential to avoid sexually transmitted infections!
In this preventive approach, as stated by the Head of Statefree access to the HIV serological test will be extended to other pathologies and other viruses.
Showing concern for the health of young people, the president also mentioned the vaccination of young people, girls or boys, to limit the spread of the papillomavirus infection.
Free female contraception up to 25 years old
In addition to screening, the new policy also provides for free contraception for young women up to 25 years old. Emergency contraception is also covered at 100% and without medical prescription for all women.
Young people are the most affected by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the figures show a decline in vigilance in recent years. To avoid such contagion, take care of yourself and, above all, of your sexual health.