Indians can now get a free box of condoms delivered to their door.
The AIDS Health Care Foundation’s (AHF) launched their Love Condoms campaign to help reduce new HIV notifications in India.
According to the United Nations about 2.1 million people are living with HIV in India.
‘We encourage individuals and organisations to send in a request of minimum one box (144 pieces). Delivery will be made within a week to any major city of India,’ Dr V Sam Prasad, AHF’s programme director for India told DNA India.
— AHF India (@AHFIndia_) April 25, 2017
Condoms for everyone
While the federal government provides free condoms to people in high risk groups – men who have sex with men, sex workers and intravenous drug users – the Love Condoms campaign will be the first time they are available to everyone.
‘In 1999, the government began supplying condoms to dropping centres like Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+), but discontinued it in 2004. The government supply has gradually trickled,’ said an activist with DNP+.
For a long time train stations had vending machines that sold condoms for a small price but they were slowly vandalised.
‘Such vending machines can never work in India. People refuse to pay for condoms. Moreover, the metal machines were dismantled by the night and sold to scrap vendors,’ Dr Prasad said.
If you are living in India and would like to order the free condoms you can do so by calling 1800 102 8102 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.