Out of stock condoms produced by Polidis are now reimbursed up to 60% by Medicare.
To fight against the resurgence of sexually transmitted diseases, a second brand of condoms is now defrayed. After the condom Eden made by Majorelle, the coats Go out covered produced by Polidis will be reimbursed up to 60% by the health insurance, provided to have a prescription of a doctor or a midwife.
Sold 2 euros the box of 12, the product will cost in the end less than one euro. This provision, published in the Official Journal on 19 February, comes into force today.
"The only effective method against STIs"
One in two French young people do not protect themselves during sex, while the condom is "the only effective method against STIs, including AIDS," says the High Authority for Health (HAS). 48% of students and 20% of high school students do not use it every time they have sex. As a result, the number of sexually transmitted diseases tripled between 2012 and 2016.
In 2016, the number of people diagnosed with a Chlamydia infection was estimated at 267,097, a rate of 491 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the latest survey of Public Health France. A predominance of infection is found in women (592/100 000 versus 380/100 000 in men). Young women aged 15-24 are the most affected, particularly in Ile-de-France and in the Overseas Departments.
Moreover, the data show that the number of diagnoses of chlamydia and gonococcal infection in 2016 has multiplied by 3 compared to the estimates for the year 2012. These pathologies, which are transmitted during unprotected sex, are highly contagious and can lead to serious complications (chronic pelvic pain, infertility, weakening of mucous membranes and increased risk of HIV infection, mother-to-child transmission ...).
Regarding AIDS, still incurable today, "the number of new infections has remained stable from one year to another for several years (about 6,000 infections per year)" but "the epidemic is no longer declining", says the National AIDS Council. "Risk behaviors and practices persist but are found at varying levels in all age groups, and young adults are not spared," say the experts.
"zero new HIV infections"
With the reimbursement of condoms, the Government's National Health Strategy 2018-2022 aims at the goal of "zero new HIV infections and the elimination of STIs as major public health problems in 2030". In France, 108 million condoms are sold per year and 6 million are distributed free of charge. The brand Eden has been reimbursed by the public authorities since last June.