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Mumbai sex workers get female condoms

August 19, 2004 13:31 IST

In an awareness drive aimed at sex workers, the non-governmental organisation Population Services International has launched a female condom, 'Rishtaa'.

The condom is made of polyurethane and designed to fit the female body, Dr Shilpa Merchant, national HIV/AIDS coordinator, PSI, said during it launch in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

Some sex workers were also shown a movie on how to use it.

"Working closely with sex workers, we realised that many a time the client refuses to wear a condom and the female condom provides women with an additional choice to protect themselves from both unintended pregnancy as well as the transmission of STDs including HIV/AIDS," Merchant said.

Arundati Muralidharan of PSI, who is spearheading the female condom activity within the community, said, "The female condom is a female-initiated method and is an important tool for women."

"The initial phase of the product's awareness campaign includes free distribution of the condom for a period of two months and will made possible through PSI's fieldworkers," Muralidharan said.

The condom will be sold at Rs 2 per piece, she added.

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Sub: just there!!!!

hi friends, i am into the socio economic research areas in HIV this condom should have reached us long back unfortunately its late by miles.The ...

Posted by k.vejay kishore

Sub: female condoms

it should be mentioned that this condom is meant for gentle sex. if the man is very violent then the condom can easily enter the ...

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Sub: Condoms etc

We are going about publicising female condoms sale to so called sex workers @ Rs 2 per piece etc.Who is meeting the shortfall in the ...

Posted by C D Pereira

Sub: Gr8 News!!!

Its really appreciable that "Rishtaa" has been launched and now its the safe time for all the sex-workers present anywher in the country. But the ...

Posted by Col. Raj

Sub: fantastic idea

This is really fantastic idea to keep away the innocent males from the dreadful disease like AIDS. Thanks for the initiator.

Posted by Anandan S



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