Monday, April 25, 2005

Indian Condoms in the News

Actually, I just found this incredibly interesting, not that the use of condoms isn't always, you know, um, interesting. From the San Francisco Chron via AP:
LUBRICATING THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY
Most condoms in India are used in business and not 'the business'

NEW DELHI -- Only a quarter of condoms made in India are used for sex; most of the others are used to make saris, toys and bathroom slippers, a newspaper reported Saturday. The condoms are valuable to manufacturers because of the lubricant on them. Sari weavers place the condoms on their thread spools and the lubricant on the prophylactics is rubbed off on the thread, making it move faster through their sewing machines, the Economic Times newspaper quoted an Indian industry official as saying. Sari makers also turn the condoms inside out, place them on their fingers and use the lubricant to polish gold and silver threads used in the traditional Indian women's outfits. India manufactures more than 1 billion condoms annually to check population growth and curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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