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Venezuela had the third-fastest rate of HIV infections per capita in South America, after Paraguay and Brazil in 2013, United Nations data shows. The country also has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies on the continent after Guyana, at 83 per 1,000, according to 2012 data from the World Bank. This compares to just 4 per 1,000 in Germany and 31 in the U.S.
“Without condoms we can’t do anything,” Jhonatan Rodriguez, general director at the not-for-profit health group StopVIH, said by phone Jan. 28 from Venezuela’s Margarita Island. “This shortage threatens all the prevention programs we have been working on across the country.”
The condom shortage, caused by a scarcity of dollars among importers, has prices on a website used to find scarce goods soaring and risks aggravating one of South America’s highest HIV infection and teenage pregnancy rates.
Condoms and other contraceptives disappeared from many Venezuelan pharmacies and clinics starting in late December, as the government tightened dollar disbursements amid sliding oil revenue, according to the Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation. No condoms were available in 10 eastern and central Caracas pharmacies visited in late January, compared with as many as 20 different kinds available at some locations in November, including Reckitt Benckiser Group plc’s Durex and Church & Dwight Co.’s Trojan brands.
Unfortunately, the country whose president two weeks ago said that "Venezuela Must Deepen Socialism To Improve Economy", which is the political equivalent of "we must do even more QE to fix record wealth inequality", may have just hit rock bottom when Venezuelans, who already must line up for hours to buy the simplest of daily necessities
originally posted by: ketsuko
Oh so you fall in the "but they just didn't find the right people to run it" camp. When will you realize that no one will EVER find the right people to run socialism? It's one of those things like a perpetual motion machine, the concept looks great on paper but it will never, ever work in practice?
originally posted by: Dabrazzo
Oil accounts for about 90% of Venezuelan exports.
2014 Venezuelan protests
This is some background to it, stupid people will blame Chavez I suppose but thats to be expected.
originally posted by: pirhanna
a reply to: infolurker
Actually welcome to the results of capitalist economic warefare, and the propaganda you are being fed. Not that their system or socialism in general is utopic, but really the scope of knowledge parroted about the situation in Venezuela is extremely narrow and myopic, and I might add, willfully ignorant of facts as to the causes of their economic instability. Read some history. Pay attention to the current oil war. Do not neglect the contunual destabilizing efforts of the CIA. And please dont stop there.