School con­dom sales spark par­ents’ con­cern

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

A de­ci­sion to al­low the sale of con­doms in mid­dle schools in Xi’an, Shaanxi prov­ince, has stirred par­ents’ con­cern that it will pro­mote teenage sex.

The move was made to curb an in­crease in HIV/AIDS cases, and the de­ci­sion was made by the provin­cial govern­ment af­ter in-depth re­search, said Liu Ling, deputy di­rec­tor of Shaanxi provin­cial health and fam­ily plan­ning com­mit­tee.

China has seen an in­crease in the num­ber of HIV/AIDS cases among people aged 15 to 24 in re­cent years.

Liu said AIDS preven­tion and con­trol work is at a crit­i­cal stage in the prov­ince. Shaanxi has set a tar­get for new HIV in­fec­tions to fall by 25 per­cent by the end of 2015, com­pared with the level in 2010.

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