800,000 Condoms to Be Handed Out for Holiday

From Times Wire Reports

Brazil's Health Ministry and a business organization are giving away 800,000 condoms for Lovers' Day, June 12, the South American nation's version of Valentine's Day.

Promoted as an effort to stop the spread of AIDS, the campaign is focused on heterosexuals, who account for 43.5% of all new HIV infections in Brazil.

The Health Ministry wants to triple the number of condoms used in Brazil each year from the current 600 million, Paulo Teixeira, head of the government HIV/AIDS task force, said at the launch of the campaign in Sao Paulo.

Brazil already distributes about 200 million free condoms a year.

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