Condom plans in Philippines 'dangerous'

Individuals in Manila, Philippines, have criticised plans that could see people have to get a prescription in order to get access to condoms.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists think the scheme could lead to an increase in HIV rates.

If people cannot get access to contraception, then they may have unprotected sex, putting themselves at risk.

Goya Candelario, spokesperson of the Progressive Organization of Gays, said with infection rates of the disease increasing in the Philippines in the last two years, now is not a good time to introduce this measure.

"Making it difficult for most at risk populations or MARPs to obtain preventive measures such as condoms can surely promote more transmission of HIV and parallel infections," the representative added.

It comes after an article in the Southern Times said females should insist on making men wear condoms, as they are a greater risk of heterosexual transmission of HIV.