India Befriends the Condom

Online condom distribution aims to curb contraception’s steep decline in India, linked to social stigma around purchasing birth control in public. India is likely to surpass China’s 1.37 billion population in 6 years.

With almost 1 million condoms ordered so far, the scheme is showing promise. But making contraception socially acceptable is a more stubborn problem. India has under 6% condom usage compared to Europe’s 30%. Oral contraceptives and vasectomies are down over the past 8 years.

Health ministers need “new strategies to convince people of the effectiveness and benefits of condoms," said social scientist Probal Dasgupta.

Deutsche Welle

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