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Botswana Aims to Bring Safe Sex Closer to Home

February 4, 2003

In a bid to curb the spread of AIDS in a country that has one of the world's highest infection rates, Botswana's health minister announced recently that the nation plans to triple its distribution of condoms. The new government drive aims to hand out enough condoms so that most of the country's 1.7 million people will not have to travel more than a kilometer to access one. "We will treble the annual distribution of condoms and have them available within one kilometer [0.6 mile] of 85 percent of the population," Health Minister Joy Phumaphi said at the launch. The government also plans to sell 14 million condoms over the next four years at cost.

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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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