Brazilians 'asked to wear condoms'

Health officials in Brazil are trying to promote the safe sex message by encouraging the use of condoms.

The pre-carnival Aids awareness campaign is aimed at young women who may consider having intimate relations during the five-day celebration.

However, a new ad launched by the Brazilian government is trying to get people to think more about the issue.

In it, a young female tells her friends: "Carnival is almost here so make sure to carry condoms. If you don't, then don't do it."

Individuals who live in the country may decide to buy condoms online off the back of the promotion.

The prophylactic device is known to reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and syphilis.

According to the Health Ministry, it has handed out some 84 million condoms over the past two months in preparation for the event.

Antiguan teenagers were also recently told of the need to wear protection, the Antigua Observer reported.