Free condoms for Valentines Day in Thailand

Free condoms are to be handed out in Thailand as the country gets ready for Valentines Day.

In an attempt to promote safe sex throughout the south-east Asian nation, more than 60 million of the products will be distributed to groups deemed to be high-risk, the Bangkok Post reports.

The scheme is being carried out by the Public Health Ministry and sex workers, teenagers and young adults are all being targeted for the special day, which takes place annually on February 14th.

Launching the campaign, director general of the Disease Control Department Pornthep Siriwanarangsan explained ministry of health car units across Thailand are to hand out the prophylactics.

In addition, those who fear they are at risk have the opportunity to visit one of the 282 centres located in 43 provinces that will offer screenings for sexually transmitted infections.

Sponsors of the project - in addition to the Disease Control Department - include the National Health Security Office and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis.