China’s growing number of young people infected with HIV is a testament to the effects of lack of sex education, which would have helped reinforce condom use. As efforts to launch these sex-ed programs rise, so do the prominence of HIV testing kits in China’s vending machines. Most of these are (so far) dispensed near the university in Sichuan province where infection is most rampant. The kits cost less than $5.
Most HIV testing kits cost up to $50, but now these Chinese students can grab one for less than $5 the next time they’re craving a Kit Kat from a vending machine. Maybe this nonchalant attitude towards sexual health products, as well as their accessibility and affordability, should be something else Americans get from China.