Oxygen Fans encouraged to 'Think Contraception' and 'Talk Contraception'. HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme to interview fans for thinkcontraceptive.ie website and give away 10,000 'Think Contraception' festival protection packs.

July 6th 2010 ? The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme (formerly the Crisis Pregnancy Agency) today announced that it will be encouraging Oxegen fans to ?Think Contraception?. It will be at the festival as part of its campaign to encourage sexually active adults to plan for and use contraception to help prevent unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

On the first day of the festival, Thursday 8th July, the Crisis Pregnancy Programme will be onsite asking fans for their top tips for a safe and fun weekend as well as tips on how to deal with pressure and how to discuss difficult subjects with a partner. The interviews will then be posted on the www.thinkcontraception.ie website to encourage sexually active young adults to plan ahead and not to take risks. The Irish Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy Study (ICCP, 2004) found that the most common reason cited by adults for not using contraception consistently was because sex was unplanned or they were unprepared.

{module Island Banners|xhtml} Director of the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Caroline Spillane said: ?The most common reason why people fail to use contraception is because sex is unplanned. Many Oxegen festival goers have been planning for this weekend for much of the year so we?re looking forward to getting their top tips for planning ahead for a safe and fun festival.?

The Crisis Pregnancy Programme will also be distributing 10,000 ?Think Contraception? festival protection packs, containing condoms, sexual health information and an Oxegen site map. It has been working in partnership with MCD to raise awareness of sexual health at music festivals each summer since 2003 and has distributed over 150,000 ?Think Contraception? Protection Packs.

Justin Green of OXEGEN added: ?Our health and safety initiative is designed to ensure that fans have a festival to remember for the right reasons. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme in addition to working closely with the Road Safety Authority and Drinkaware to give fans the best possible festival experience.?

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