3 Mar 2006

Condom vending machines introduced in Papua New Guinea

2:14 pm on 3 March 2006

Condom vending machines have been introduced into the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby in a private sector initiative backed by the government and donors.

The newspaper the Post Courier reports Karamap Kondom machines will contain packets of three condoms each, at a cost of one kina coin, which is equivalent to about a third of a US dollar.

The head of AusAID in PNG Margaret Thomas said the initiative would make condoms more accessible to those able to spend money on protection against HIV/Aids.

The machines were built to carry the National AIDS Council's branded condom which has been distributed throughout PNG since its launch four years ago.