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Sudanese health minister's advocacy of condoms sparks protest

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7552.1233 (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1233
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Sudan's new health minister, Dr Tabitha Sokaya, has provoked a political storm by publicly advocating condom use to stem the country's HIV crisis.

    Although the extent of the problem was largely unrecognised until monitoring began in southern Sudan last year, latest UNAIDS figures show that Sudan has the highest prevalence in north Africa and the Middle East, with 1.6% of adults and 3-8% of youth infected. An estimated 23 000 people have died of AIDS related illness.

    Dr Sokaya, who holds a PhD in nursing from Birmingham University, in the United Kingdom, …

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