Don’t shy away from condoms, Thailand says ahead of Valentine’s Day

A member of the Population and Community Development Association blows a condom during World AIDS Day in PattayaBy Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand launched a campaign on Thursday urging citizens to get used to carrying condoms, as it battles a reluctance to use protection in the fight against HIV and teen pregnancies. Valentine's Day on Feb. 14 is the usual time of year for Thai authorities to warn against premarital sex, but this time the emphasis is on protection rather than prohibition. "Teenagers, especially, do not have to be embarrassed about buying condoms," said Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong of the Ministry of Public Health.

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