HIV/AIDS in Japan

The sexually transmitted diseases of HIV and AIDS are a serious problem that Japan is closely monitoring. Although Japan has one of the lowest percentages of people affected at .02%, most of the Japanese people lack the proper education about safe sex. Some parents feel that teaching safe sex will encourage sexual activity. Because of this shortage of knowledge, it is estimated that only 6% to 25% of Japanese use condoms. A possible reason for this is that the condom is seen as a prevent of pregnancy and not STD’s in the Japanese society. Also it is seen as an insult to the man, if a woman asks to put a condom on for fear of HIV. For all these reasons in the Japanese culture, the number of people infected is on a steady rise. Either they encourage safe sex or the Japanese will have an epidemic in the future to come.

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