Hotels in China to provide condoms
Honk Kong opens first gay community center
Duane Wells | August 03, 2007
In a belated response to the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in the general population, China has ordered all hotels, holiday resorts and public showers to provide condoms as part of nationwide efforts to fight the spread of AIDS, according to recent reports.
The regulation, issued by the commerce and health ministries, also required pamphlets about AIDS prevention to be displayed, the Beijing News said.
The move follows an unusual step by the booming eastern province of Zhejiang in March to fine hotels and bars if they did not provide condoms.
China originally stigmatized AIDS as a disease specific to that gays, sex workers and drug users that populated capitalistic Western countries. Traditionally, none of these officially existed in communist China.
Elsewhere another new chapter in the slow opening up of China started this month with the opening of a new social support center for the gay community in Hong Kong.
The opening of the centre follows another positive move by the highest court in Hong Kong, which showed uncharacteristic leniency in a case involving gay public sodomy.
The verdict has been hailed by many as a victory for China's gay rights movement. – Issued by Gay Link Content
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