The Family Planning Agency is giving away money in its latest
campaign to get students to use more condoms.
Its latest drive to make young people aware of the dangers of
unprotected sex uses 10p coins scattered around the bars of 96 student
unions around the UK.
On one side of each coin is a sticker bearing the message, ’Some things
you can’t help picking up’, and goes on to exhort students to practise
safer sex to prevent catching sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted
’Many people who will not pick up a leaflet will pick up a 10p piece -
we hope after reading the message they won’t pick up anything else,’
Anne Weyman, chief executive of the FPA, explained.
’Research shows today’s students have been exposed to the safer sex
message since they were young, so attracting their interest in a
campaign encouraging condom use was a challenge,’ she added.
The campaign was devised by the through-the-line agency, Stretch the
Horizon, and funded by the Department of Health. It will be backed up by
beer mats and posters in student unions, giving more information about
The FPA campaign - as well as warning about HIV and pregnancy -
highlights the risks of chlamydia, one of the most common sexually
transmitted infections in Britain, which can leave women infertile if