THE Balearic Association for the fight against Aids (ALAS) intends to distribute over 73'000 free preservatives over Christmas.
The association unveiled its “Nadalas 2005” campaign yesterday and ALAS director Gloria López said that these kinds of campaigns have proved extremely successful in the past “because young people accept the free preservatives with good humour and respond positively to our advice.” Fifteen Balearic local councils and 36 clubs, bars and restaurants are participating in this Christmas's campaign which has been partly funded by the government's director general for youth affairs and the Institute for Social Services and Sport. Participating local councils will be distributing the preservatives at their youth information centres. Bars and clubs will either hand then over when clients pay their bill or display them on trays on the bar so clients can help themselves, Garcia explained yesterday. ALAS ran the campaign every year from 1999 to 2002 and this year has decided to re-launch the initiative because of its success rate.
The association has already run a similar campaign at the Balearic University.

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