People planning to holiday in France are asked to carry their own condoms amid rising scares of chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Since 2012, the common Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) has tripled according to official figures. Trying to reduce the spread of the infection, French officials have launched a campaign encouraging the use of condoms for holidaymakers. It has been released so that holiday romances do not end up being dangerous for tourists. The STI can even lead to infertility if left untreated.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and public health service GGD Amsterdam made the announcement in the wake of increasing cases of the health problem. According to a report in Daily Mail, they warned Dutch tourist coming to France to get their own condoms.
The report quoted GGD spokesman as saying, "In lots of countries condoms are difficult to obtain and not always reliable. Therefore, preferably take them from home. Holiday romances might seem romantic but are not without danger. The circumstances are different, but the risks remain the same."
According to Public Health France, 267,097 were infected with chlamydia in 2016, while there were only 76,918 cases in 2012. The numbers show a 247 per cent jump in just four years. Nearly 50,000 cases of gonorrhoea were recorded in 2016 which was 15,000 in 2012.
The body titled 'a condom can save your life' hopes to make French youngsters aware of the importance of safe sex. Rising cases of STIs has been noted in the age group between 15 and 24, while the numbers can be much bigger on the local level. According to a recent survey, 48 per cent of French students does not use a condom while having sex. Paris has the largest number of people with STI followed by the Provence region in the South of France.