Indian HIV/AIDS Groups Considering Installing Condom Vending Machines to Increase Use, Combat Stigma
March 11, 2008
India's National AIDS Control Organisation in conjunction with other HIV/AIDS groups is considering installing condom vending machines nationwide to address the stigma surrounding condoms and increase their use, DNA Sunday reports. The stigma associated with condoms has negatively affected efforts to curb the spread of HIV, and NACO and other groups have been considering ways to evade such stigma. "Males, irrespective of whether they are from the upper socioeconomic strata or from the slums, never buy condoms from medical stores close to their homes," Tushar Deshmukh, senior manager for Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust, said. He added, "And when they do, it is in a hush-hush manner. The stigma attached with condoms is so steeped in [the] Indian male mind that the word is taboo in family conversations."
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