Condom drive in Indonesia sparks protests from Muslim groups.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Condoms (Usage)
Condoms (Social aspects)
Sexually transmitted diseases (Prevention)
Sexually transmitted diseases (Demonstrations and protests)
Sexually transmitted diseases (Religious aspects)
Sexually transmitted diseases (Political aspects)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs
Product: Product Code: 8000147 Venereal Disease Prevention; 3069770 Prophylactics & Diaphragms NAICS Code: 621999 All Other Miscellaneous Ambulatory Health Care Services; 326299 All Other Rubber Product Manufacturing SIC Code: 3069 Fabricated rubber products, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Indonesia Geographic Code: 9INDO Indonesia
Accession Number: 236247760
Full Text: A campaign to encourage Indonesians to use condoms as part of national HIV/AIDS prevention efforts has drawn criticism from conservative Islamic groups, who say it promotes promiscuity. Street rallies ahead of World AIDS Day organised by a conservative Islamic political party urged the government to impose strict Islamic law to prevent disease spreading. With the message "Use Condoms, Celebrate Life", Indonesia launched a national condom week in November 2009 when free condoms were distributed in nightspots and brothels. The appointment of a local actress and singer known for her skimpy outfits as national condom ambassador proved controversial. The National AIDS Commission estimates that without effective prevention programmes, numbers of people infected with HIV could rise from 298,000 today to two million by 2015. About 54% of HIV transmission occurs through sex, both heterosexual and homosexual, while injecting drug use accounts for 41%. Condoms are widely available but even with the campaign, the number of people who use them remains small. Only 10% of the 10 million men who visit sex workers annually report using condoms. (1)

(1.) Indonesia: Condom drive sparks protests. IRIN PlusNews, 21 December 2009.
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