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India: 80% of $2.5bn HIV initiative to focus on condoms:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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India is reportedly to increase the number of centres providing HIV/AIDS testing, counselling, treatment and prenatal care from 2,875 to 5,000 over two years as part of its $2.5bn HIV/AIDS initiative. Health minister Anbumani Ramadoss announced that 80% of the funds would be spent on preventive measures, chief among which is condoms, according to Bloomberg News. Around 86% of patients in the country are infected through sexual intercourse according to the minister, who also promised that the provision of vending machines, which currently stands at 11,000, would be increased to 100,000 by 2007.

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