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USAID backs condom scheme

Update: March, 23/2012 - 09:35

HCM CITY — The Social Marketing HIV Prevention Project on Wednesday launched a revitalised Number One Plus condom and lubricant pack.

The project is being run by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The combo pack, which has two water-based lubricant sachets and two condoms, is being re-introduced with improved packaging to better serve the needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) and other at-risk populations.

Nguyen Thi Hue, head of HCM City AIDS Committee's Harm Reduction Department, said that HIV infection rate among MSM men was 15-16 per cent and on the rise.

The usage rate of lubricant and condoms among this group is at below 40 per cent, making them one of the most at-risk groups for HIV/AIDS intervention programmes in the city, Hue said. — VNS

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