Brazil’s Carnival fever gets a safe edge


Image from Brazil Gov News Facebook page.

Brazil’s Ministry of Health is handing out 70 million condoms to Brazilian states for use in STD and AIDS prevention campaigns during Carnival. Airports in the main Carnival destinations will have displays with free condoms.

In response to the growing popularity of hookup apps like Tinder and Hornet, the ministry has also created fake profiles purporting to belong to revellers interested in unprotected sex. When users contact the fake profiles, they receive messages warning about the dangers.

However, Rosette Pambakian, director of communications for Tinder, told IBTimes UK the campaign was not approved by Tinder and the profiles violate their terms of service so they will be deleted.

Hookups among revellers during Carnival are common at the popular street parties known as ‘blocos’.

The festival in Rio runs for five days and ends this Wednesday.

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