Following a devastating cyclone in early May, the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar urgently needs more condoms to reduce the risk of increased HIV/AIDS transmission, says the United Nations Population Fund in a report published in the Folsom, California-based newspaper the News Blaze reports (, 5/23).

According to the article, the UNFPA is continuing to send Myanmar health packages that include condoms, contraceptive pills and razors for cutting umbilical cords. Since the cyclone hit, the UNFPA has shipped more than 72,000 condoms to Myanmar, but it plans to triple this number in the near future.

Says one UN worker in the story, “We don’t want regular use of contraception disrupted. An emergency usually damages the health system, so people don’t have access to condoms and contraceptives.”