AIDS Concern has distributed free condoms in a safer sex vending machine in New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). The ongoing collaboration between AIDS Concern and the New Asia College Student Union received positive feedback from university students and more than 1,200 free condoms have been distributed from the safer sex vending machine in the last six months.
Mandy Cheung, Program Director of AIDS Concern, is happy that the collaboration enjoys vast support from university students.
There is a prominent increase in the HIV infection rate among young people in recent years and more effort on HIV prevention work shall be invested.
Mandy then makes reference to Taiwan, where approximately 10 universities with condom vending machines have been installed, and a series of preventive education programs has been launched aiming to reduce the infection rate among young people.
For many years, AIDS Concern approaches young people through free HIV/AIDS education and testing services to promote the importance of safer sex, in order to reduce their risk of HIV infection.
About Aids Concern
AIDS Concern was established in 1990 as the first non-government charity organisation committed to the service of AIDS care in Hong Kong. The founders were a group of volunteers from different backgrounds dedicated to improving the living standards for people living with HIV; and to stop the spread of HIV.
We strongly believe that the key to effectively stop the spread of HIV is establishing close communication with communities most vulnerable to transmission and exposure.
According to our experience, one of the biggest challenges to our mission is the social stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV face, which directly affects their treatments and quality of life. Hence, we invest our resources into providing public health education and awareness programs to create a more supportive society by eliminating misunderstandings about HIV/AIDS.
We can give a helping hand to people most in need if we have an open society which supports early testing and treatment.