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China’s condom policies to prevent HIV fail to protect sex workers: research

By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Chinese police cracking down on sex workers routinely look for condoms as evidence of illegal activity, hindering efforts to prevent the spread of HIV among sex workers, one of the biggest at-risk groups in the country, experts said. China, with a population of about 1.4 billion, has a relatively low HIV prevalence rate, with around half a million reported cases of people living with HIV or AIDS by the end of 2014, according to a government report published last year. Up to 92 percent of the 104,000 cases diagnosed in 2014 resulted from sexual contact, according to research commissioned by Asia Catalyst, which promotes the right to health of marginalized groups in the region.
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US urges condom use or abstinence to avoid Zika virus

Earlier this week, US health officials confirmed the first case of sexually transmitted ZikaMiami (AFP) – US health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating.



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On World AIDS Day, condom maker calls for safe-sex emoticon

An activist holds a banner as others march through Pattaya resort town to raise awareness on the World Aids Day in Pattaya, east of BangkokCondom maker Durex says so and is presenting a formal submission on Wednesday, World AIDS Day, to get emoticon maker Unicode to adopt one. In the run-up to the day – designed to unite people around the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS – Durex launched a social media campaign last month "to create the first official safe-sex emoji", asking users to use #condomemoji. In an age of smartphones and tablets, emoticons, the small icons that are used to express emotions or physical things, are "crucial" to how young couples communicate, Durex said.



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Pope admits Church finds condom use against AIDS ‘complicated’ issue

Pope Francis visits a pediatric hospital in Bangui on November 29, 2015 as part of his trip to AfricaPope Francis admitted Monday the question as to whether the Church should allow the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS was a "complicated" one, but he said the world had bigger problems. Grilled on the eve of World AIDS Day about the Roman Catholic Church's controversial opposition to condoms, the Argentine pontiff admitted the issue was "morally complicated for the Church", but refused to be drawn into a debate. The Church is against all forms of contraception and instead says abstinence is the best way to avoid spreading AIDS.



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Condom shortage hampers India’s AIDS fight

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian sex worker Shaalu is using fewer condoms when she meets her clients in New Delhi – not out of choice, but because a funding crunch and procurement delays in the state-run HIV/AIDS program have disrupted supplies of free condoms. “I am more scared of HIV now,” said Shaalu, 32, who often resorts to unsafe sex as free condoms are scarce and she is hard pressed for funds to repay a debt of $ 4,500. India provides free condoms under its community-based AIDS prevention program that targets high-risk groups like sex workers.
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Activists seek to put porn actor condom requirement on California ballot

By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Healthcare activists critical of adult film industry practices are working to put a measure before California voters next year to require porn actors to use condoms during film production, expanding a Los Angeles County rule that survived a legal challenge. The proposed ballot measure, aimed at protecting actors from sexually transmitted diseases, would require film companies to be licensed by the state and would impose fines of $ 70,000 for offenders. Under a final draft of the measure filed with the state on Tuesday, film companies would have to post warning signs visible to performers stating that California law requires condom use for “all acts of vaginal or anal intercourse during the production of adult films.” “We’re trying to protect both performers as well as those who would interact with performers and keep everybody safer as a result of safe sex,” said Bradley Hertz, an attorney for the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is sponsoring the measure.
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Health officials visit sex museum to promote condom handouts

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials announced a new campaign Friday to promote New York City’s condom giveaway program, which distributes tens of millions of condoms annually in an effort to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies.
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Withdrawal method linked to condom, pregnancy perceptions

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – Up to 17 percent of young adults in the U.S. may be using “withdrawal” to prevent pregnancy, although not necessarily relying just on that method, a new study finds. In the sample population of 15-24 year olds, men and women who feared condoms would interfere with pleasure and women who said they would be “pleased” by an unplanned pregnancy were two to four times more likely than others to have used withdrawal. “The condom and pleasure variable didn’t surprise me, it’s intuitive, it makes sense, but I think the strength of its association surprised me,” said study coauthor Jenny Higgins, a public health researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She added that scientists don’t often ask about pleasure in research on contraception and condoms but when they do, they learn a lot more about who is using certain methods and why.
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Appeals court upholds condom use in LA porn films

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a Los Angeles County ordinance requiring that actors in pornographic films use condoms.
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Giant pink condom rolled out in Sydney

A giant condom is seen over a heritage-listed obelisk at Hyde Park in Sydney on November 7, 2014.An 18-metre (60-foot) bright pink condom raised eyebrows in Sydney on Friday after it was erected over a Sydney landmark as part of a new awareness campaign about HIV.



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