Date
18 December 2017
Xian authorities are urging schools and colleges to sell condoms on campus to limit the spread of HIV/AIDS. Photo: Bloomberg
Xian authorities are urging schools and colleges to sell condoms on campus to limit the spread of HIV/AIDS. Photo: Bloomberg

Sheer controversy over campus condoms

The authorities had hoped it would help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS but some teachers and parents are worried that it could cause an epidemic of promiscuity.

The municipal government of Xian in Shaanxi province announced last month that educational facilities throughout the city should sell condoms on campus, the Global Times reported Wednesday.

Those facilities included junior high schools, senior high schools, vocational schools and universities.

The government urged the schools to sell condoms in campus shops or vending machines to help stop the virus spreading through sexual contact.

The report said that between January and October last year, the number of people with the virus in Shaanxi grew by 1,110, with more than 90 percent of the cases the result of sexual contact and most infections among young people and migrants. The report did not given the total number of HIV/AIDS patients.

The push to sell condoms on campus triggered a strong backlash among teachers and parents concerned that it would encourage teens to have sex.

Peng Xiaohui, a sexologist with Central China Normal University in Wuhan, was quoted as saying that condoms on campus can help better protect students but sex education is also essential.

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