He suggests that handing out condoms is "a waste of money" - not so. The cost of condom distribution to gay men (who make up the majority of new HIV infections) is far overshadowed by condom distribution to people whose risk of HIV is minimal through, say, family planning services or GP clinics.
An NHS-commissioned report (in March 1997) concludes: "Provision of condoms . . . should target high-risk groups, especially male homosexuals, purely on cost grounds".
That's why we will carry on "haunting" the gay scene, ensuring that gay men receive practical advice and information on preventing HIV transmission.
Director, RS Health
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