The campaign aims to reinforce that condom use should be a habit
MAZATLAN. – The authorities of Mazatlán will distribute more than 5,000 condoms within the framework of the 2023 International Carnival festivities as part of a campaign for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The campaign aims to reinforce that condom use should be a habit with which you can have a better quality of life. It will be especially aimed at young locals and tourists who decide to party in the coming days.
Luis Vargas, director of the Municipal Youth Institute, explained that this time priority is being given to the promotion of the female condom, a condom that is not usually given so much importance.
“We are going to distribute them at carnival with the message that it is okay for young people to have fun, but everything in measure and nothing excessive; from the consumption of alcohol, but also that they take care of sexually transmitted diseases because we are a tourist port and more so in Carnival that people come from all over Mexico and even from abroad”.
The municipal official reported that they previously attended universities such as the Polytechnic University of Sinaloa, the Autonomous University of the West, and the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, where 5,000 condoms were distributed among the students.
“We distributed condoms focused on the female condom, which is not widely known, and we were able to verify this in different educational institutions where we offered informative talks.”
In addition to the IMJU, the participating institutions are the Sinaloa Ministry of Health, the Special Medical Unit and the Outpatient Center for the Prevention and Care of Sexually Transmitted Infections (CAPASITS).
The condoms will be giving away in clubs, bars and of course in the traditional carnival areas such as Olas Altas, Plazuela Machado and during the two Carnival parades.
STD statistics in Sinaloa
The Secretary of Health, Cuitláhuac González Galindo, explained that, in 2022, a significant increase in infections of Sexually Transmitted Diseases was reported, with more than 500 cases, while, regarding HIV, the year closed with more than 365 people detected. with the disease, specifically in people older than 30 years.
According to the report of the HIV Epidemiological Surveillance System of the Ministry of Health (SSA), from 1983 to the first half of 2022, 341,313 people with HIV have been diagnosed in Mexico. Of this total, 278,599 (81.6 percent) are men and 62,714 (18.4 percent) are women.