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Pupils given condoms in goodie bags

Pupils collecting their A-level results were given goodie bags containing condoms and chlamydia tests at schools.

The "summer savvy" bag put together by NHS Northamptonshire was aimed at reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and helping young people avoid ending up in casualty after binge-drinking sessions.

Students from Wollaston School in Wellingborough and Guilsborough School and Moulton School in Northampton were given the bags, which included:

:: An alcohol survival guide warning of the dangers of binge drinking.

:: Wallets containing a condom and information about STI screening and contraception.

:: An on-the-spot chlamydia test and a pair of "I've been tested" pants.

Johanna Brake, a parent governor at Moulton School, told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo: "I think the timing could have been better and I would have preferred for them to have been handed out during the school term.

"I don't have a problem with it but I think some parents might be quite taken aback and offended by it."

Heidi King, head of social marketing for NHS Northamptonshire, said: "We want young people to be prepared for the adult world socially as well as educationally this week.

"Our summer savvy bags are our way of equipping the A-level students for life beyond exams and school. Our advice is enjoy yourself, but know the risks and make positive choices."

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