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Mechai Viravaidya with a lampshade made from condoms in Bangkok in March. The AIDS activist stresses family planning. Mechai Viravaidya with a lampshade made from condoms in Bangkok in March. The AIDS activist stresses family planning. (PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
By John Donnelly
Globe Staff / May 29, 2007

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WASHINGTON -- In Thailand, he persuaded Santas and toll booth operators to hand out condoms. Traffic police gave them away, too, which he called "Cops and Rubbers." And Buddhist monks blessed packets of the latex sheaths in ceremonies. (Full article: 842 words)

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