A couple have suffered severe injuries and have been admitted to hospital in Vietnam after attempting to have sex using a plastic bag instead of a condom.
Doctors said the bag’s material lacked elasticity and lubrication, they ended up scratching their genitals to the point of bleeding.
The two students used the plastic bag because they felt too shy about buying proper contraception, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reports.
The pair were given antibiotics and disinfectants for their injuries.
Sex education is a sensitive issue in Vietnam. The country’s high abortion rate is attributed both to a societal preference for sons but also to couples not using contraception.
In an interview with The Guardian, the director of Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam said that social stigma can make it difficult for young people to buy contraceptives, and discussing contraceptives is difficult between couples.
Another report in Vietnamnet.vn suggested that students struggle to find adequate information about sex from their schools, instead receiving it from leaflets, online sites and information sharing with friends.