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Condom crusade

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, February 23, 2014

HAVING condoms readily available will make people think again about their sexual behaviour and take precautions, says the Fiji Network Plus.

The organisation, which has been involved in the distribution of condoms in nightclubs and some tertiary institutions, said the move was a great one.

FJN+ programme officer Atunaisa Drivatiyawe said condom distribution in nightclubs had been a continuous activity since 2006 but mostly done when there were events such as the Pacific Festival of Arts, Melanesian Arts Festival and the South Pacific Games.

"Since then, some organisations working with key at-risk-population groups like sex workers, men having sex with men, young people at risk and PLHIV organisation also do this collaboratively during events like the Hibiscus festivals, the festive seasons, events like World AIDS Day and other international events that are HIV-prevention focused," Mr Drivatiyawe said.

"In 2013 alone, Fiji Network Plus (FJN +) with support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Health Ministry continued to distribute condoms to nightclubs to ensure condoms were available and accessible by patrons of nightclubs."

Mr Drivatiyawe said condoms were also available at tertiary institutes and some male-dominated workplaces.