Thai health officials Thursday said teenagers who are too embarrassed to choose condoms that fit are partly to blame for a recent spike in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among their peers.
In a statement ahead of Valentine’s Day, the kingdom’s Ministry of Public Health warned that STIs among 10-19 year olds had increased almost five times in the last ten years.
"It is due to the fact that only 43 percent (of teenagers) use condoms -- and also because they choose condoms that are too big for their actual sizes and they are afraid they will be mocked for being too small," the statement said.
The ministry added it planned to spend 47 million baht ($1.4 million) this year to distribute more than 43 million condoms to people across the country.
spike：名詞，激增。例句：If price spikes continue, people will not be able to afford the new houses they want.（如果價格繼續飆漲，人們可能買不起他們想要的新房子。）
mock：動詞，嘲笑。例句：They were mocking him because he kept falling off his bike.（他們笑他老從腳踏車上摔下來。）
distribute：動詞，分發。例句：The books will be distributed free to local schools.（這些書將免費發放給當地學校。）