Taiwan Condom Machines Upset Conservative Park-Goers
February 28, 2003
Park regulars on Monday criticized the Taiwanese government for allowing the installation of four condom vending machines at a Taipei recreation area known for gay sexual activity. Complaints came after the Taipei Venereal Disease Control Institute placed the machines at Taipei 228 Park next to a men's public restroom. "It would only encourage more irresponsible sexual activities and damage to the image of Taiwan," said Chen Li-fang, a spokesman for a local veterans' club. But an institute spokesperson said the machines are necessary to stop the spread of AIDS and other STDs. "If we cannot stop one-night stands or other casual sexual contact, it is more important for us to ensure precautionary practices to help reduce the spread of AIDS," the spokesperson said.Adapted from:
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.