Condom Policies In China Hinder HIV Prevention Efforts Among Sex Workers, Report Says
Thomson Reuters Foundation: China’s condom policies to prevent HIV fail to protect sex workers: research
“Chinese police cracking down on sex workers routinely look for condoms as evidence of illegal activity, hindering efforts to prevent the spread of HIV among sex workers, one of the biggest at-risk groups in the country, experts said. … China provides free condoms for people living with HIV and allocates funds each year to buy condoms for distribution among at-risk populations, including sex workers, it said. At the same time, police are authorized to crack down on sex work, which is illegal in China, and use condom seizure as its main tactic, Asia Catalyst said in a report…” (Tang, 7/25).