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Spring Scream to get thousands of free condoms: CDC

Staff writer, with CNA

The audience listens to a band on the first day of the Spring Wave Music and Art Festival at Maobitou Park in Kenting yesterday.

Photo: Tsai Tsong-hsien, Taipei Times

Thousands of condoms will be distributed for free at an annual music festival to raise safe-sex awareness, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday on the first day of the Spring Scream festival in Pingtung County.

Local health authorities will also offer free HIV/AIDS screenings and set up consultation booths at the five-day event to help participants learn more about sexually transmitted infections, CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said.

“People often get carried away by the moment, the situation and the alcohol,” he said, explaining the reason behind the initiative.

Spring Scream, first held in the middle of the 1990s, has become one of the biggest music events in the nation, attracting more than 200,000 people on its first two days last year, local police data showed.

This year, the event runs through Sunday at Eluanbi National Park and the South Point Campground in Kenting (墾丁). About 200 bands are expected to perform.

“While enjoying music, we urge young people to take good care of themselves by saying no to unprotected sex and drugs,” Chou said.

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