India's NACO to Distribute 1.5 Million Female Condoms to Sex Workers in Four States
September 11, 2008
Approximately 1.5 million female condoms will be distributed and marketed to commercial sex workers in four Indian states this year in an attempt to provide women with a method of HIV prevention, IANS/Hindustan Times reports. Sujatha Rao, director-general of the National AIDS Control Organisation, said that female condoms were introduced to commercial sex workers through a 2007 pilot program and that the program will be expanded because of its high success rate. Rao added that the female condom is still a new product and that "demand for it has to be generated." NACO will focus the program on Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The condoms will be promoted through a social marketing campaign with NACO's 200 partner nongovernmental organizations that run targeted intervention sites for commercial sex workers.
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