BEIJING (Reuters) - China has ordered all hotels, holiday resorts and public showers to provide condoms, part of nationwide efforts to fight the spread of AIDS, a newspaper said on Friday.
The regulation, issued by the commerce and health ministries, also required pamphlets about AIDS prevention to be displayed, the Beijing News said.
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The move follows an unusual step by the booming eastern province of Zhejiang in March to fine hotels and bars if they did not provide condoms.
China originally stigmatized AIDS as a disease of the decadent, capital West -- a problem of gays, sex workers and drug users. Traditionally, none of these officially existed in communist China.
Say what you will about China, but they don’t do anything half-assed. They’ll probably keep blaming the west, gays, sex workers, and drugs for their AIDS problem, but they are assaulting the problem head on. Granted that condoms in hotel rooms and condom fashion shows (See our Dish on July 11th) aren’t the end-all, be-all of disease prevention and cure, but it’s a big step in the right direction. It’s funny that they’re including public showers. Are there even public showers in the U.S.? You can rinse off in beach showers. And you can shower at the gym. But genuinely public showers are a novelty. It seems like, for modesty’s sake, that they would be gender-segregated. Which means those condoms are for some steamy, gay shower sex.
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Speaking of gay shower sex, Mexico is allowing gay conjugal visits to its prisons. It seems like in American prisons most of the gay sex happens on a non-conjugal basis.