Brazil Doubles Number of Condoms Being Handed Out to Inmates for Carnival
February 27, 2003
Health authorities in a northeastern Brazilian state are doubling the number of condoms being handed out to prison inmates in preparation for Carnival celebrations. Inmates in Pernambuco will receive more than 58,000 condoms under the program, more than twice what they usually receive a month. During the four-day pre-Lenten celebration, which ends Tuesday, conjugal visits will be allowed at some of the state's prisons. Inmates also will be vaccinated against hepatitis B, tetanus and diphtheria. Pernambuco health officials said the program has helped to stabilize the number of prisoners with STDs at about 5 percent. Conjugal visits, which authorities believe help reduce tensions, are allowed in many prisons in Brazil.Adapted from:
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