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Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, protect against unwanted pregnancy and the transmission of HIV and several other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Promotion of condom use is an essential component of any HIV/STI prevention and care programme.

In the Asia Pacific region, a key factor in the sexual transmission of HIV is the low level of condom use by sex workers. Once infected with HIV, sex workers may then transmit the virus to other male clients, who may infect their wives, girlfriends or other sex workers.

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