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Despite High AIDS Rate, Few Brazilians Use Condoms

January 16, 1994

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Despite a high number of AIDS cases in Brazil, 40 percent of sexually active Brazilians have never bought a condom, according to a poll published Sunday.

The survey, conducted by the polling firm Brasmarket for the newsweekly Istoe, involved interviews with 2,631 people in 16 cities. A margin of error was not released.

Less than 50 million condoms were sold last year in Brazil, which has 100 million sexually active inhabitants, Istoe reported. The total population is 150 milllion.

″People just don’t feel threatened by the virus,″ World Health Organization psychiatrist Arletty Pinel told Istoe. She said 700,000 Brazilians are believed to have the virus that causes AIDS.

There have been 18,500 deaths in Brazil from AIDS and another 45,000 people who show symptoms of the disease.

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