Singapore Activists Distribute Condoms at Indonesian Ferry Points to Curb HIV
May 16, 2005
On weekends, Singapore HIV/AIDS activists hand out condoms at the ferry terminals where local men depart for Indonesia in search of prostitutes, according to AIDS Singapore Executive Director Paul Toh. Toh said his group distributes up to 500 condoms each weekend to men heading toward the islands of Batam or Bintari, 45-minute ferry rides from Singapore. Toh said the condoms protect the men as well as the sex workers. Citing a 2003 Indonesian survey, the Straits Times newspaper said that on any weekend, roughly 600 Singapore men head to Batam for sex. New HIV infections in Singapore rose by 28 percent last year, to 311.
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