Monday, February 23, 2009

Brazil president tosses condoms to carnival crowd

Brazil's president is taking his nation's anti-AIDS campaign into his own hands.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva tossed out condoms to Carnival revelers early Monday during Rio's samba parades.

A presidential spokesman says Silva wanted to show the importance of Brazil's campaign to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Brazil is handing out 65 million free condoms this month; that's up from the usual 45 million.

Brazil is buying 1.2 billion condoms this year for its program, making it the world's biggest government buyer of prophylactics.

The spokesman talked on condition of anonymity, per department rules.