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AIDS Groups Protest World Cup Condom Ban

AIDS Groups Protest World Cup Condom Ban


AIDS awareness group are protesting a ban by FIFA, the world soccer governing body, on the distribution of health-related information and condoms at World Cup venues in South Africa.

According to the Associated Press, "An alliance of 10 leading South African HIV/AIDS organizations said FIFA has not permitted civic groups to set up booths and small 'wellness centers' at FIFA controlled venues, while commercial sponsors are allowed to sell alcohol."

FIFA countered by saying that it would launch an HIV campaign including condom distribution within "fan service areas" in host cities.

"But FIFA said in a statement Saturday that it launched its own HIV campaign with host city authorities by encouraging them to install 'fan service areas' in the cities during the June 11 to July 11 World Cup where basic medicines, sunscreen and condoms could be distributed free. City medical departments and ambulance services were also expected to make available HIV information leaflets and condoms," reported the AP.

However, civic groups say that in order to make a difference, they need to be closer to the World Cup venues, in what are known as "controlled access sites," where they can reach the majority of fans.

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