Lanzhou, the capital of Northwest China’s Gansu Province, has created a 100 per cent Condom Use Programme (CUP) for entertainment places in an effort to stop HIV/AIDS spreading from high-risk people to the general public through sexual contact.
The programme makes condoms compulsory for all sex-workers in the city at all times and in every entertainment venue. The goal is to reduce HIV/AIDS infections among high-risk people.
“Increasing condom use at entertainment places will bring sexual contact-based HIV/AIDS infections under control and prevent the further spread of the fatal disease,” said Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn, head of the HIV/AIDS team at the World Health Organization’s China office, at a CUP promotional meeting on Tuesday in Lanzhou.
CUP was initiated in Thailand and has since been adopted in other Asian nations after demonstrating its effectiveness in controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS.