[photopress:hotels__bedroom_1.jpg,full,alignright]Beijing, preparing to host the 2008 Olympics, has ordered hotels to provide condoms in all bedrooms in a bid to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS after cases of infection soared 54% in the first 10 months of this year.
In the announcement there was no direct reference to the Games but firmly that all the Chinese capital’s 700 hotels must comply by the end of 2008.
While hotel managers must provide condoms for their guests they are not required to make a loss. The city health bureau said it was up to them how much to charge.
The State Council urged local governments last year to provide access to condoms in all public places.
Beijing health authorities saidthe city had registered 973 new HIV/AIDS cases between January and October. Needle sharing and unprotected sex were the main sources of transmission.
State media reported a total of 18,543 new cases of HIV/AIDS across the country in the first half of this year, close to the total for the whole of 2006.