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« Reply #1 on: Mon, Apr 25, 2005, 04:03 »

India's Condom Nightmare
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Posted: April 24, 2005 4:00 pm ET

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(New Delhi) Eight months after a government agency warned that 75 percent of India's condoms were being used for just about everything except sex the government has done little to stop the abuse.

India now has the highest rate of AIDS of any country in the world and the government distributes billions of free condoms annually, but most fall into the hands of black marketeers who sell them for everything from the manufacture of saris to paving of roads.

Last August the abuse was documented in a report to the government prepared by King George's Medical University of Lucknow. (story)

The report warned that unless the government immediately acted to stop the vast majority of condoms from being grabbed by manufacturers the number of cases of HIV/AIDS was rise dramatically in the world's biggest democracy.

The Economic Times newspaper reports that since the report was issued virtually nothing has been done.

Sari weavers place the condoms on their thread spools and the lubricant on the prophylactics is rubbed off on the thread, making it move faster through their sewing machines.

Contractors use shredded condoms mixed with concrete and tar to pave roads.  The latex apparently helps make the roads smooth and resistant to cracks.

Builders are using the condoms on the layer that lies beneath the cement plaster on roofs and as heat penetrates they expand to form a waterproof layer that prevents seepage.

In addition to the abuse of condoms the Indian government is doing little to reach out to men who have sex with men.  Sodomy remains illegal in India and the government fears launching an AIDS awareness campaign at gays would give the impression of condoning gay sex.

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