Why is the age 25 a magic number.

(48 Posts)
ICanSeeTheSun Thu 26-Jun-14 22:00:59

I have been doing nurse bank shifts, this week I have been covering a sexual Heath clinic.

What I noticed was a lot of signs on the wall. These signs was for a C card, which enables under 25 to get condoms, dams and lube.

I don't know the stats, and I am very new to bank nursing as a HCSW ( old name NA) so didn't want to rock the boat and ask this.

CorusKate Thu 26-Jun-14 22:02:15

There are other things that change at 25 too - free A-levels, and housing benefit IIRC.

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 26-Jun-14 22:06:25

It seems to be car insurance also.

I passed my test at the age of 18 and the car insurance was astronomical. By 25 I had 7 years NCB. Yet someone who just passed had the same car as me was the same.

Because when the clock strikes midnight on your 26th birthday, you instantly transform into a shrivelled up old has been with no use for condoms, dams or lubes.

Or your mopsy and popsy's financial wherewithal to bankroll you through tertiary education.

Every cloud, eh? grin

EBearhug Thu 26-Jun-14 22:07:18

Young Person's Railcards are up to age 26.

EatShitDerek Thu 26-Jun-14 22:07:59

Pumpkin I only have 2.3 years left! Cant wait

grin

BertieBotts Thu 26-Jun-14 22:08:20

Dunno but I've just turned 26 and I feel like I'm an adult now rather than a "young person"

Not entirely sure I'm grown up enough to be an adult, mind, but there you go...

BertieBotts Thu 26-Jun-14 22:08:52

I'm guessing you're supposed to be high flying in a fabulous career by 25 and able to buy everything yourself grin

SantanaLopez Thu 26-Jun-14 22:10:24

Free entry into major European museums and important sites for the under 25s too.

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 26-Jun-14 22:10:35

Or just not have time from the high flying career to be able to go to the sexual Heath clinic

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 26-Jun-14 22:11:18

Do you think MN should do a campaign.

WooWooOwl Thu 26-Jun-14 22:12:00

I guess there has to be a cutoff somewhere to distinguish between young people and everyone else. 25 is a nice convenient number that's as good as any.

EatShitDerek Thu 26-Jun-14 22:13:28

A campaign for free sexual aids til your are 30?

grin

Solaia Thu 26-Jun-14 22:14:23

What is or are dams?

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CorusKate Thu 26-Jun-14 22:15:07

I feel it's unfair, and it annoys me that 24 year olds get given expensive condoms when I have to pay grin but on a pragmatic level, the cost of supplying them is probably less than the savings made by not having to treat STDs etc., but only for young adults - it's probably all worked out.

CorusKate Thu 26-Jun-14 22:15:52

Dams are the sheets of latex that nurses pretend people use for cunnilingus.

balenciaga Thu 26-Jun-14 22:17:11

Interesting

Isn't 25 the age they are proposing to raise claiming housing benefit to? Ie people younger than that won't be able to claim?

FelixFelix Thu 26-Jun-14 22:18:38

I've never heard of a dam before shock

Going to stock up on free condoms before I turn 25 in a years time!

CorusKate Thu 26-Jun-14 22:27:39

I've yet to find anyone who's used a dental dam for oral sex. It's like a sexual health advice parallel universe.

I've yet to find anyone who's used a dental dam for oral sex

Oh, I've found a brace retainer works just as well, if not quite what the orthodontist had in mind.

I jest.

Solaia Thu 26-Jun-14 22:34:22

You learn something new every day! shock

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 26-Jun-14 22:37:33

I haven't heard of anyone who admits to using a dam.

BertieBotts Thu 26-Jun-14 22:39:01

Isn't it like a Femidon? One of those things that they continue to promote despite the fact that nobody on earth has ever used one apart from as a joke.

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 26-Jun-14 22:43:42

I will admit I have used a femidom, well tried too much faffing about.

What's a dental dam?!

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