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Brazil to Distribute 25 Million Condoms During Carnival Festivities as Part of Efforts to Stem HIV/AIDS Epidemic

February 8, 2006

The Brazilian Ministry of Health's National Program for Sexually Transmitted Diseases plans to distribute 25 million condoms at no cost during the 2006 Carnival festivities, scheduled to take place Feb. 25-28, as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, ministry officials on Monday said, Reuters reports (Reuters, 2/6). The number of condoms to be distributed during this year's festivities is more than double the 11 million condoms distributed during last year's Carnival, according to the government news agency Radiobras (Associated Press, 2/6). Nongovernmental organizations will distribute the condoms at parades, dances, parties, hospitals, health stations and on the streets during the four days of the festival. The ministry aims to distribute at least 1.5 billion condoms throughout 2006, up from 251 million in 2005 and 154 million in 2004, Agencia Brasil reports (Lobo, Agencia Brasil, 2/7).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2006 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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