Bangkok city officials are urging young Thais to forgo sex on Valentine’s Day and visit temples instead, as a far better way to mark the day of love.
Thailand has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in South East Asia, public health officials say, and faces HIV infection rates comparable to those in Africa’s Aids hotspots.
Saturday’s Valentine’s Day celebrations are a popular Western import in tourist-friendly Thailand, but the Bangkok metropolitan administration is worried about teenagers having sex.
Surveys have shown that teenagers in Thailand pick Valentine’s Day as the perfect day to lose their virginity.
“If children love each other, it’s better for them to go and free birds or go to the temple,” an official said.