Condoms to be issued to Richmond teens

Free condoms are to be given out to teenagers as young as 13 as part of a controversial new scheme launched by the NHS in Richmond.

It was introduced on Wednesday (December 8th) and has been met with mixed views, Your Local Guardian reports.

Youngsters will have to register for a C-card which can then be swiped in exchange for the contraceptives.

It is hoped this will ensure teenagers are protected from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, however critics claim it will simply encourage people to start having sex at a younger age.

Joint director of public health in Richmond Dr Dagmar Zeuner said: "We want to make sure young people have all the information they need about the benefits of condom use so that they can make informed choices about their sexual health."

This is not the only initiative of its kind in the UK, as a similar programme is also being introduced in St Helens, the area's local Star newspaper reported recently.