Brazil To Install Condom Dispensers In Schools
Posted by pozlife on December 2, 2007
by The Canadian Press
Posted: December 1, 2007 – 2:00 pm ET
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Brazil’s government has announced plans to put condom-dispensing machines in public schools to help teenagers reduce the spread of AIDS.
The health and education ministries and the United Nations have sponsored a countrywide contest for students to design the dispenser.
Officials say that condom machines are to be installed in 100 public schools in 2008.
Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao this week said young Brazilians between 13 and 24 were the target of Brazil’s anti-AIDS campaign this year.
According to the anti-AIDS program, nearly 70,000 cases of AIDS were registered among Brazilians under 24, or about 16 per cent of the cases reported in the country.
Brazil provides free AIDS drugs to anyone who needs them – currently about 180,000 Brazilians – and has aggressively pushed drug manufacturers to lower prices.