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Peking and Tsinghua universities say no to condoms
(Shenzhen Daily)
Updated: 2004-11-25 09:34

Anti-AIDS promoters from a Beijing sub-district health bureau were refused permission to distribute free condoms at Qinghua and Beijing universities Tuesday, China News Service reported.

A woman reads condom use promotion booklet before a blown-up condom at a Beijing campus. [Reuters]
The promoters, with 1,500 free condoms for Beijing University and 1,000 for Qinghua, were to hold free AIDS consultations on seven university campuses in Haidian District on Tuesday morning.

However, the two elite universities refused the promoters to distribute the condoms and decided to store them in the university hospitals instead. Meanwhile, few students of the two universities took part in the AIDS consultations. Administrators from Beijing University said they would consider distributing the condoms at "proper time."

A spokesman for the health bureau said the promotion aimed to raise the students' level of awareness of safe sex as some students had been diagnosed HIV positive in universities in Beijing. Their identities were being kept confidential to protect their privacy.

Meanwhile, the distribution of free condoms at the Central University of Finance and Economics and another five universities fell short of demand.

Zhang Zesheng from Haidian District's disease control center said young university students had a higher risk of contracting HIV if safe sex education was not available to them.

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