Ghana AIDS Commission Launches Condom-Distribution Program

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The Ghana AIDS Commission has launched a condom-distributionprogram ahead of the African Cup of Nations, which is scheduled for Jan. 20 toFeb. 10 in the country, Nigeria'sVanguard reports.

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With support from the United Nations Fund for PopulationActivities, thecommission will distribute 5,000 condoms at no cost to hotels in Ghanaaccommodating African Cup guests to help reduce the spread of HIV during thetournament. The campaign is urging both men and women to take advantage of thecondoms. Sakyi Awuku Amoa, director general of the commission, called on peopleto be mindful of HIV transmission during the tournament, when more than onemillion people are expected to visit the country. Amoa also urged young peoplenot to engage in commercial sex work with visitors.

According to Amoa, more than 300,000 HIV/AIDS cases were recorded in thecountry from 2005 to 2006, including 21,828 cases involving children ages 14and younger. Most of the cases were transmitted sexually, through bloodtransfusions or by using unsterilized tools, the Vanguard reports.About 11,500 people living with HIV/AIDS in Ghana receive treatment through 84treatment centers nationwide, while 21,000 people are on the treatment waitinglist, according to the Vanguard (Ubani, Vanguard,1/10).

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