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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
Rio Carnival Revelers to Get 3M Free Condoms
A woman works on a carnival float at the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school in Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

(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. (Read more Rio de Janeiro stories.)

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