Rio Carnival Revelers to Get 3M Free Condoms

City doesn't want an STD festival

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 17, 2012 1:20 AM CST

(Newser) – It's party time in Rio, and health authorities want the millions of carnival revelers to play it safe. Some three million condoms are being handed out during the five-day festival, along with paper fans bearing catchy anti-STD slogans, CNN reports. Health officials say they are targeting young gay men, and plan to set up tents in the city to perform quick tests for HIV and hepatitis.

A woman works on a carnival float at the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school in Rio de Janeiro.
A woman works on a carnival float at the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school in Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Dancers perform on the first day of Carnival celebrations.
Dancers perform on the first day of Carnival celebrations.   (Getty Images)
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