A SURPRISED Malacañang frowned Saturday on a Department of Health’s (DOH) program to distribute free condoms to fight the risk of HIV-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids).

Deputy presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo said the DOH may be going against the government’s policy of not giving away condoms for contraception.

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“It is only now that I heard of such a program. The government has no program to give away condoms for contraception,” he said over government-run dzRB radio.

The Palace official added that the DOH should “review” its program lest it give the wrong impression the government is allowing artificial contraception and sexual licentiousness.

“We do not give away condoms for contraception. If they can think of other uses, we cannot consider them. Our policy is no distribution of condoms for contraception,” he said.

Saludo said the government deals with HIV-Aids by monitoring those at high risk of getting the virus and testing them to see if they are positive.

He furthered that the government wants to promote responsible parenthood in preventing HIV-Aids.

In line with the policy of the Arroyo government, the DOH does not procure condoms and other forms of contraceptives. The agency promotes natural methods of birth control. (JMR/Sunnex)