Valentine's Day is certainly the universal day of love, but it is also the National Condom Day in Australia, according to a health expert who stressed on safe sexual practices among couples.
Dr Treeny Ooi said that on Valentine's Day, Australians should take precautions if in case they get swept up in the moment and make themselves susceptible to sexually transmitted infection (STI)
"You may be going out with friends or to a party, protect yourself and carry some condoms - you never can tell what the night may bring," the Daily Telegraph quoted Ooi, director of Sexual Health at Hunter New England Health, as saying.
She added: "No Valentine deserves to be given an STI."
She also said that the aim of National Condom Day was to encourage people to talk about condoms generally, and at the critical moment.
Ooi said: "We are getting used to buying and carrying condoms, but sometimes the hardest part can be talking about them when it comes time to use one. The messages are simple. If you are sexually active, it is essential to use condoms and have regular sexual health check-ups."