Condom usage encouraged
About 72 percent of Taiwanese men practice safe sex through the use of condoms, the third-highest percentage in a recent international survey. China topped the list at 79 percent, followed by Hong Kong at 76 percent, said the condom manufacturer that commissioned the survey. Chileans reported the lowest rate at 39 percent, the survey, released on Tuesday, found. Almost 56 percent of the Taiwanese men polled reported to have used condoms when they had sex for the first time. Brazilians had the highest percentage of using condoms at first sex — 66 percent, followed by Greeks (65.5 percent) and South Koreans (62.8 percent). Indonesians reported the lowest percentage at 27.6 percent. Former Department of Health minister Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) and Taiwan AIDS Foundation chairman Shih Po-nan (施伯南) urged the public to use certified condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and avoid unwanted pregnancy.
Mine removal demonstrated
The military demonstrated standard procedures used for the removal of unexploded ordnance found by members of the public, during a media tour of a Yilan County naval base yesterday. Reporters were also shown a variety of bomb-removal clothing and equipment. During a simulated emergency, personnel performed procedures to remove an explosive found on a farm. After observing the situation, the team took steps to remove the explosive to a safe environment and place it in a secure container. Most cases involving unexploded weapons occur at construction sites, where workers discover the shells buried underground, military staff said. These unexploded shells could have been used in previous military training or during World War II, the staff said.