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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.

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Adapted from:
Deutsche Presse-Agentur
02.24.03



  
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