India Promotes Female Condoms to Check AIDS
December 19, 2006
Outreach workers are hitting the streets in Kolkata's centuries-old red-light district to teach sex workers how to use the female condom. "The condom for women can be a great help to sex workers," said Anjali Narayan, deputy-director of West Bengal's AIDS program. "It will help them to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and [STDs]." While the condom typically costs 50 rupees ($1.11 U.S.), it is being offered to the sex workers for just three rupees (six cents U.S.). Five percent of the district's 10,000 sex workers are thought to be HIV-positive. Next year, the program will be rolled out in eight more of India's 29 states.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.