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Duterte’s Condom Criticism Imperils Philippine HIV Fight

Expand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in a televised speech before Filipino women on February 13, 2018, urges them to not use condoms, comparing usage to eating wrapped candy. 2018 PBS-RTVM Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte demonstrated reckless disregard for the health of Filipinos this week by suggesting they avoid using condoms because they “aren’t pleasurable.” During an address to returning overseas migrant workers, mostly women, Duterte instead advised them to use “free” contraceptive pills and illustrated his point by putting a wrapped piece of candy in his mouth. “Here, try…

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