The morning after pill soon free for all

Access to emergency contraception, or the morning after pill, will become free for all women regardless of their age, in pharmacies and without a prescription, announces the Minister of Health, François Braun, in an interview posted online. this Tuesday, September 20 by the daily ” 20 minutes “.

Screening for sexually transmitted infections will also be free and without a prescription up to the age of 26, and these two measures will be included in the 2023 social security financing bill, which will be presented to the Council of Ministers on September 26.

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“With regard to female contraception, we are strengthening (…) the protection of women by facilitating their access to emergency contraception (or the morning after pill) in pharmacies, free of charge and without a prescription, at any age”announces François Braun.

Free screening for STIs

Until now, the morning after pill was available free of charge and without a prescription only for minors, from pharmacies, school nurses or in screening or sexual health centres, and for adult students.

The cost in pharmacies for adults varied between 3 and around twenty euros depending on the medication, with the possibility of partial coverage by social security on presentation of a prescription.

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Concerning the screening of STIs, only that of HIV was up to now free. “From now on, the possibility of screening will be extended to all sexually transmitted infections to fight as early as possible against (the) resumption of infections”explains the minister.

François Braun indeed observes that “the increase in sexually transmitted infections, specifically chlamydia and gonococcus” and believes that “all areas of prevention must be improved” because “France is lagging behind other European countries. Only 2% of our budget is devoted to prevention compared to 4% for our neighbours”. As for the reasons, “it is very complicated” to know them, he admits, referring to “a lack of prevention, information or a more general relaxation”.

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