Military Promotes Safer Sex, Provides Prophylactics for Troops

Canadian Forces have bought nearly 1.5 million condoms, provided free in pharmacies and health clinics within the army bases, for its soldiers in the last five years. In an exclusive interview with the Montreal newspaper La Presse, lieutenant-colonel James Anderson explained that it costs less to provide protection than to treat STIs and to lose soldiers. He added that chlamydia is the most common STI contracted in the military.

The practice has been in place since World War I, according to Anderson. Canadian Forces have had 264 cases of chlamydia since 2009. He estimates that chlamydia cases in the army are lower than in the rest of the population, as soldiers are required to be tested every five years and before being deployed.