Flash Mob Gives Free Condoms, HIV Tests To Delhi Sex Workers

Category: Society / Feb 13, 2013 3:16PM EDT
Sex workers in New Delhi's notorious GB Road red-light district were offered free condoms and HIV tests on Wednesday (February 13), during a flash-mob setup to mark International Condom Day. The event was organized by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) who are trying to promote the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. India's AHF Country Program Manager says Indian sex workers are pressured not to use condoms and that customers will pay less if they have to wear one. "Sexual intercourse without condom they can have more money but we insist all of the prostitutes to use condoms for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and also we promote them to insist the clients use the condom for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, but many of the time the prostitutes are pressurized to have sexual interaction without condom," said Dr Shibu Cheruvelil The flash-mob was performed by students from Delhi University who applied their own narrative to pop and Bollywood music. There are 34 million people infected with the HIV virus globally, with 2.4 in India alone. Video Source: Reuters