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Nigeria to Distribute 1 Billion Condoms to Stem AIDS

January 9, 2002

In the capital city Abuja, Nigerian Health Minister Alphonsus Nwosu said the government will distribute 210 million condoms to Nigerians annually over five years, beginning February, in cooperation with the National Union of Nigerian Students. Nwosu said President Olusegun Obasanjo worried that the recent upsurge in HIV/AIDS cases from 5.4 to 5.8 percent showed some of the interventions are not having any effect. The condoms -- financed by the British government -- are a bid to stem the HIV/AIDS scourge in Nigeria.

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Xinhua News Agency

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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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