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Tamil Nadu (India) moves for female condoms to fight against HIV/ AIDS

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The state of Tamil Nadu (India) launched an initiative to introduce female condoms, which is backed by Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and the Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT). During the initial phase, 60,000 condoms (purchased for INR 1.8 lakh) will be distributed to 3,000 female sex workers at a cost of INR 5 each. The HLFPPT will be making the condoms available to the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) at a subsidized cost of INR 3. This is for the first time female condoms will be available at cheaper. The programme was initiated by NACO to provide female condoms to high-risk groups in the seven states of Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in order to cover 11,000 female sex workers. Giving female condoms (along with their capacity building) to female sex workers ensures their reproductive choice. Earlier Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) conducted a survey of 337 female workers. TANSACS has reached out to self-help groups of women to create awareness about female condoms.

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