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Singapore will not promote condom use

Singapore will not promote condom use

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.

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