India to Manufacture, Distribute Low-Cost Female Condoms to Help Curb Spread of HIV
March 7, 2008
India plans to launch a program to manufacture and distribute low-cost female condoms in an effort to curb the spread of HIV among women, the Times of India reports. The condoms will each cost five Rupees, or about 12 cents, according to the Times. Under the first phase of the program, the National AIDS Control Organisation is procuring about 1.5 million female condoms from the Female Health Company. The condoms will be provided to commercial sex workers and married women in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal during the next eight months, and a decision about whether to implement the program nationwide will be made after reviewing the data from these states.
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