What is Protect and Respect?
Protect and Respect is a condom campaign targeted specifically at young men aged 16-21 years. The campaign aims to encourage you to use a condom every time you have sex. It has been developed with the help of local young people and representatives from a range of services.
You'll find campaign posters all over the Island - in schools, youth centres, sport and leisure centres, and a range of health services.
Why is it just for young men?
There are lots of reasons why the campaign is aimed at young men.
Although condoms are the most popular method of contraception used by young people in Jersey, statistics from the Condom Distribution Scheme (CDS) show that men account for just 19% of people who use the scheme to get free condoms. It's hoped that the Protect and Respect campaign will not only encourage young men to use condoms consistently and correctly, should they choose to have sex, but also raise awareness that they can get free condoms from a range of services in Jersey.
Local data also shows us that young men are at risk of poorer sexual health.
For example, sexually transmitted infection rates are highest amongst young people under 25, and we know from a study conducted within local secondary schools that young men's understanding of sexual health is generally poorer than girls of the same age. However, young men in Jersey do not visit local sexual health services and prefer to access information and support online.
Where can I find more information?
Our new website has lots of sexual health information including general information and advice, details of local services and where you can get free condoms from. You can also check our Facebook page for regular updates on local services and sexual health issues.