Condoms made mandatory for all Beijing hotels by 2008

November 24th, 2007 - 5:22 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi , Nov 24(ANI): Hotels in Beijing will now have to provide condoms in every room owing to the increased number of HIV/AIDS cases this year.

It is now mandatory to provide condoms in every hotel room in Beijing by the end of next year, following news that the capital registered 973 new HIV/AIDS cases in the first 10 months of this year, up 54 percent on a year earlier.

For the last couple of years, The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau has been pushing hotels to provide condoms in every guest room.

But so far they are only available in 133 hotels - 15,907 guest rooms - out of a total 700 hotels in Beijing , according to local government statistics.

However, this wont be a penny-less affair as the hotels in Beijing are not required to supply condoms free of charge. The health bureau said the decision on how much to charge was up to the hotels.

Some hotels have already started following these norms.

A source with Beijing ’s St Regis Hotel said they had already made condoms available in every room but they were not free.

Ye Binshan, an official with the hotel chain Home Inn, said they were yet to provide condoms in every room but do sell condoms in their hotels.

“We will cooperate with the government in its AIDS prevention efforts if we are required to provide condoms in every room,” China Daily quoted him, as saying.

It was revealed by Bureau statistics that Beijing had registered 4,663 HIV/AIDS cases since 1985, of which 171 were foreigners, 964 locals and 3,524 from other regions in China , at the end of October this year.

The Regulation on AIDS Prevention and Control, issued by the State Council in January last year, urges all public places designated by provincial or municipal governments should provide condoms or condom vending machines.(ANI)

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