Bag­ful of rea­sons to be care­ful

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Inside -

“Heavy rain” has been fore­cast by Met Éire­ann for this week­end’s Ox­e­gen fes­ti­val, with down­pours likely to­mor­row, to­mor­row night and Sun­day af­ter­noon. Al­though there’s a chance that it will clear by early Sun­day evening, fes­ti­val­go­ers have been ad­vised to bring weath­er­proof gear.

The Cri­sis Preg­nancy Agency will be is­su­ing pro­tec­tion of a dif­fer­ent kind to fes­ti­val-go­ers, with 20,000 “Think Con­tra­cep­tion” packs. Each pack con­tains an in­di­vid­u­ally-wrapped con­dom, a sex­ual health ed­u­ca­tion leaflet and a map of the Ox­e­gen site in a draw­string bag. The agency has dis­trib­uted some 150,000 sim­i­lar packs to fans at var­i­ous fes­ti­vals in Ire­land since 2004.

Caro­line Spil­lane, di­rec­tor of the CPA, said that such events pro­vided the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to get the im­por­tance of safe sex­ual health across to the key de­mo­graphic of 18-to 24-year-olds.

“We aim to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion to fes­ti­val-go­ers about the im­por­tance of us­ing con­tra­cep­tion

cor­rectly, to help pre­vent an un­planned preg­nancy and pro­tect against sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions (STIs),” she said.

Mean­while, the three-day fes­ti­val has yet to sell out; tick­ets are still avail­able from usual out­lets.

CPA has Ox­e­gen cov­ered

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