Criminalizing Condoms

Police in China who see condoms as evidence of sex work are driving sex workers to spurn the prophylactics, ultimately hurting HIV prevention efforts, a new survey shows.

Sex workers who have endured police interrogation in 3 Chinese cities were 20% less likely to use condoms than those reporting no police encounters, according to the Condom Quandary report from Asia Catalyst.

“Not only is this increasing HIV vulnerability,” said Asia Catalyst’s executive director of Karyn Kaplan, “but it is making a mockery of a parallel government condom distribution effort among this highly marginalized group.”

The New York Times

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