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Australian Safe Sex Cards Banned


Reuters (03/09/95)

In Sydney, Australia, trading cards issued by a local AIDS council depicting naked men performing homosexual acts have been ruled pornographic and banned. Politicians had complained that the 24,000 cards--each of which contains a safe sex message--could be obtained by schoolchildren. Queensland AIDS Council spokesman Geoff Woolcock said the cards were to be distributed only in homosexual nightclubs. "The adult gay male population has very little to do with the school-going population in this state and we don't believe there would have been any exchange of cards to be concerned about whatsoever," he added. Another series of 230,000 gay safe-sex trading cards, with explicit language but no pictures, will be issued in Victoria. Those cards will be distributed in sealed packages that carry warnings.


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