Teenagers were handed heart shaped condoms at their schools by health chiefs this week.
Northants NHS Foundation Trust visited schools and colleges in the run-up to Valentine’s Day in a bid to curb the spread of STDs and unwanted pregnancies.
Free condoms shaped like Love Heart lollies were distributed to dozens of young people by the sexual health outreach team at the Northants NHS Foundation Trust.
A trust spokesman said the idea was to promote safe sex between pupils at a peak time of romance after the trust received 30,000 calls about sexual matters last year alone.
Lisa Knight, Sexual Health Outreach Lead said “I believe a KIS campaign (keep it simple) is the best communication especially to schools and colleges; and the love heart lollies for Valentine’s has been well received.
“Last year NHFT had 30,000 contacts for sexual health reasons. So all we are saying is enjoy your romantic weekend but keep safe and protected as you want to remember Saint Valentine’s Day for the right reasons and not end up at a sexual health clinic or with an unplanned pregnancy.”
The novelty condoms were handed to pupils aged between 16 and 18, and advice was also given about how to practice safer sex.
To find out more about sexual health, and how to talk to young people about sex, visit www.nhs.co.uk/livewell/sexualhealth or www.fpa.org.uk