Bangkok tells young people to keep minds off sex on Valentine’s Day

Couples sit at a park in BangkokBy Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) – Bangkok city officials are urging young Thais to forgo sex on Valentine's Day this weekend and visit temples instead, as a far better way to mark the day of love. Thailand has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Southeast Asia, public health officials say, and faces HIV infection rates among its gays comparable to those in Africa's AIDS hotspots. The Feb. 14 celebrations are a popular Western import in tourist-friendly Thailand, but the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is worried about teenagers making love. Media surveys have shown teenagers in Thailand pick Valentine's Day as the perfect day to lose their virginity.

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