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Canada: Traditional Values Help Condom Campaign

March 22, 2002

Condom wrappers showing arctic trout, musk ox, caribou, whale skin and seal motifs are making safe sex more appealing to Eskimo communities, which suffer from high rates of STDs, officials said. The animals have traditionally been necessary for survival in the far north. Dr. Ann Roberts, Chief Medical officer of Health for the Nunavut territory, said the condoms had been a hit with students, parents and athletes at the Artic Winter Games in Nunvaut, where they are being distributed. "Children have come home with condoms and talked with their parents about HIV/AIDS and sexuality, and it was a very positive experience," she said.

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Adapted from:
New York Times
03.22.02; Agence France Presse

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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