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Chinese hotels asked to avail condoms to cap HIV

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 18:16

Beijing: China on Wednesday ordered the country`s
hotels and other public places to make available condoms or
condom vending machines by 2015 to check growing number
HIV/AIDS cases.

The State Council, or cabinet, in its AIDS Action Plan
for the next five years urged comprehensive intervention to
prevent HIV/AIDS infection through sex, as it has become the
most common transmission channel in the country, state media
here reported.

The action plan states the ratio for condom use should
rise to 90 per cent for those who are "highly vulnerable to
HIV infection".

The number of intravenous drug users who share needles
should decrease by 15 per cent by 2015, it said.

The action plan states that condoms or condom vending
machines should be available in 95 per cent of the country`s

The plan asks governments at all levels to designate
public places where condoms or condom vending machines can be
made available, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China has about 7.80 lakh people living with HIV/AIDS,
including 1.54 lakh AIDS patients.


First Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 18:16
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