Brazil Handing Out 89 Million Condoms at Carnival

by Libby Zay 
Posted Mar 3rd 2011 11:30 AMUpdated Mar 3rd 2011 03:49 PM

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Brazil's health ministry plans to hand out 89 million free condoms during the Carnival celebrations in Rio De Janeiro, which begins Saturday. The number is 26 million more condoms than were given out last year.

Local news outlets are reporting the reason for this year's jump in condom distribution is the alarming spread of the AIDS virus amongst youth in Brazil, where an estimated 630,000 Brazilians are infected.

Brazil's health minister asked that Brazilians and the 575,000 travelers expected to visit Rio de Janeiro make good use of the free condoms during Carnival, which has a reputation for an atmosphere of casual sex.

Authorities believe approximately 25,000 Brazilians are not even aware they have AIDS. Brazil's health minister publicly underwent an HIV test to show Brazilians it is a quick, easy and confidential process.

"According to past years' statistics, women aged 15 to 24 are most likely to contract AIDS," says a senior health ministry official.

An AIDS prevention campaign about the seriousness of AIDS and how to prevent it will run extensively on television and through Internet advertisements during the holiday, which lasts six days.



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paula

The condoms you're talking are called either 4X or natural lamb skin they are only for preventing pregnancy the HIV and some other virus's can seep thru

March 07 2011 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
paula

They have that many Scumbags down there

March 03 2011 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
newenglandsnob

Wish they'd drop a few hundred thousand over Haiti

March 03 2011 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gerald

Oh yeah, that's safe sex all right. Isn't the aids virus tiny enough to make it through a condom?

March 03 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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topgeargoldman

NO.

March 03 2011 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
littlecowsaysmoo

Not unless the condom has a hole in it. latex is solid, most of the time.

March 03 2011 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BOB

and these is were the olympics are going to be

March 03 2011 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
racmd

Brazil's health minister publicly underwent an AIDS test to show Brazilians it is a quick, easy and confidential process.

Let's try this again...

When are you going to get this right??? There is NO such thing as an AIDS test!!!! AIDS is a clinical diagnosis.... It is an HIV test...

No wonder after over 20 years....people still don't know they are HIV positive... You cannot even get the story correct.

A concerned physician.

March 03 2011 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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neesee

Note to self: Do NOT have sex with anyone in Brazil. P.S. Do NOT even touch any Brazilians.

March 03 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
REDWING1

Sounds like a crapload o balloons 2 us-------------------------

March 03 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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