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Match-day gear includes 8-packs of condoms

By Liz Clarke
Cases of condoms (bundled in packets of eight) were prominently displayed and free for the taking in the women's restrooms at Soccer Stadium for Friday's World Cup stadium, evidence of FIFA's awareness of and commitment to the need to confront the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the host nation.

The "Choice" brand condoms were provided by South Africa's Department of Health, and the packaging included a toll-free number for the AIDS Hotline, as well as a six-panel illustration of proper use and disposal.

The issue of condom-distribution at World Cup venues was a flashpoint in the run-up to the tournament, with HIV/AIDS groups accusing FIFA of trying to quash efforts to distribute condoms and educational information about the disease.

South Africa has the world's highest incidence of HIV/AIDS, with 17 percent of the population afflicted and as many as one-in-five adults in some areas.

Following news reports about allegations that FIFA wasn't being sufficiently proactive on the matter, FIFA reiterated it support of efforts to distribute 1 million condoms over the course of the month-long tournament.

Moreover, FIFA said it would broadcast HIV-prevention messages and condoms ads as part of the "infotainment" at World Cup venues. And the prevention of HIV/AIDS will also be a central message of the Football for Hope Festival to be held in Johannesburg's Alexandra neighborhood July 4-10.

By Liz Clarke  |  June 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: HIV/AIDS, World Cup 2010, condoms  
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How far we have come -- remember the Brazil ban, years ago, on players having sex?

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the condoms are meant for the players... But seriously Brazil is a leading country in promoting condom use/safe sex

Posted by: olinto | June 11, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

It's the right thing to do, given the incidence of HIV/AIDS in SA. HIV/AIDS prevention groups are gravely concerned about new infections during the WC. OTOH, I can see some rabid, ultraconservative (Rush, Palin?) arguing that the WC promotes promiscuity and shouldn't be in the US.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 11, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Two birds with one stone -- they can demonstrate how to use them on the vuvuzelas, therefore shutting them up.

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

OT, this just in: Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.

The US plans for Morgan to impersonate Mandela in all meetings with Blatter, following the wild success of South Africa 2010.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 11, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I at least have the radio feed working. No espn3 yet.

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Got it! Woohoo!

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Cannot get ESPN3 at work. Cannot leave work till halftime. Anyone got a live streaming link other than ESPN?

Posted by: ldmay | June 11, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

NewsBusters: WaPo Says World Cup's 'Most Essential Accessory' Is Condoms

Posted by: StewartIII | June 11, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

How much sex is being had by random strangers that you have to make tons of condoms available? WOW

Posted by: fbutler1 | June 11, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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