Let’s be real – many of us are still embarrassed to walk into a store and buy a pack of condoms, when there’s no real need to be ashamed. There’s nothing wrong with being sexual active, but considering the immense taboo on sexuality in the country, unsafe sex is a grave issue. However, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a global charity, has just made things a whole lot easier – they have launched the first ever online, free condom store. ‘Love Condoms’ was launched in April, 2017, to make condoms more accessible and to encourage safe sex.
India holds the third highest number of HIV cases in the world, with 2.1 million people affected by the disease. In 2015, approximately 68,000 Indians died of AIDS-related illnesses. This can’t be blamed on India’s massive population – we have, for a long time now, needed to encourage safe sex and sex education. ‘Love Condoms’ is the perfect tool to do this, especially considering that condoms are the most efficient and least expensive method of prevention of diseases like HIV and other STDs. “We were getting desperate requests and realised India needed its own condom store,” said Terri Ford, Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy at AHF.
Each box of condoms delivered by Love Condoms consists of 144 condoms, completely free of charge – they don’t even charge for shipping. Although it is an incredible initiative, activists still argue that Love Condoms needs to expand its work into the rural areas – places where people aren’t aware of safe sex practices. However, having sold, so to speak, over 60,000 condoms in less than a week of its launch, we don’t doubt that this initiative will rapidly reach out to more and more Indians.
To place an order, you can call on the toll free number 1800 102 8102, or reach them via email at [email protected]