Singapore will not promote condom use
November 19 2004 12:00 AM ET
Health officials in Singapore will not publicly promote condom use to prevent HIV infections, because of conservative views on sexual behavior in the largely Muslim nation, Agence France-Presse reports. "To educate people you don't have to be offensive," senior minister of state for health Balaji Sadasivan told a Web-based news outlet. World Health Organization officials estimate there are currently about 4,000 HIV-positive people in Singapore and that the number could quadruple by 2010. Balaji says the number of new HIV cases in the country is doubling every three to four years.