China to lift ban on condom advertisements

By Editors

Originally published on December 14 2002 1:00 AM ET

A Chinese government ban on the advertisement of products related to sexual activity, including condoms, that was established in 1989 will be changed beginning next year to permit condom ads, Agence France-Presse reports. "The ban should have been lifted a long time ago because condoms are the most effective tools not only for avoiding pregnancy but also protecting people and their partners from sexually transmitted disease," said An Bohua, a state family planning official.