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Rio giving out 3 million free condoms during Carnival

The government of Rio de Janeiro state will distribute more than three million condoms free of charge during Brazil’s five-day carnival that begins Friday. State health officials said their “using a condom rates 10 in harmony” campaign aims to prevent AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, particularly among…

Mexico state near US on alert after H1N1 deaths

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AFP) – Authorities in Mexico’s Chihuahua state along the US border announced preventive health measures Sunday to stanch a return of an H1N1 epidemic after four people recently died of the virus. “School checks will be implemented following a renewed outbreak of H1N1 human influenza, as a…