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Sweden starts condom ambulance service

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 5 (UPI) -- Sweden is attacking rising Chlamydia rates by dispatching emergency ambulances to distribute condoms to those in urgent need.

The emergency vehicles are known as "Cho-San Express," named after a popular condom brand, the BBC reported Saturday.

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The service began this weekend in the cities of Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmo.

The number of cases of the sexually-transmitted disease among young Swedes has doubled in one year.

The emergency service will be available three times a week. Those caught without the protection, can call one of the vehicles for the merchandise.

For about $9, the Cho-San Express will deliver 10 condoms to any address within the city boundaries.

One estimate says only 25 percent of Swedes between the ages of 16 and 25 use condoms.

"I think it's a good PR-stunt, but it won't solve the acute problems. I would not call the condom express if I was in a situation where I needed one. It wouldn't feel right. It would create too much attention," said one youth.

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