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A New Helpline for Indian Lesbians Is a Breakthrough for a Marginalized Group

Despite the annual show of presence in different parts of India during gay pride parades, lesbians continue to remain one of the more closeted groups amongst the LGBT community.

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Promoting the Female Condom in India: A New Approach

Last month at a New Delhi youth festival aimed at raising awareness for sexual health (dubbed Project 19), volunteers led onlookers in a game of female-condom-first-impressions. Combating the idea that safe sex can be unsexy, especially in the case of the female condom, they instead promote it as fun and pleasurable, and in some cases, as an “erotic accessory.”

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India’s Women and Girls Fight Second-Class Status

While pregnant women’s lack of access to basic medical facilities in India is entrenched, social attitudes around the accepted role of women as childbearers worsen maternal health in the country.

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Roundup: Condoms Trump Abstinence in Obama Global AIDS Policy

Obama will reverse reckless, ideological health policy at home and abroad; An Indian Supreme Court decision allows husbands to divorce if wife obtains abortion without his consent; Illinois keeps abortion off license plates; Christian right faces crossroads; and more.

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Roundup: Science Based Approach to HIV/AIDS Returns to South Africa

Science-based approach to HIV prevention returns to South Africa; Indian authors tell real stories of HIV epidemic in India; New cream could help women quietly protect themselves against HIV; Catholic university orders NPR station to stop accepting underwriting from Planned Parenthood; A mother’s final look at life.

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Abortion Denial in India Highlights Limitations in Law

A woman carrying a fetus with high chance of deformation was denied an abortion in India. The country’s response highlights the complexity of writing abortion law in a country plagued by sex-selective abortions.

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India’s Insensitivity Towards Victims of Violence

Violence gets insidiously soaked in to everyday life in India. But sensitivity towards victims of such crimes remains abysmally low.

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Roundup: Know McCain Campaign, India’s Sex Info Hotline

Majority of voters don’t know McCain is anti-choice, India piloting sex info hotline, Improving sex ed for deaf students, Lieberman long shot for McCain VP.

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Dowry: An Unwelcome Guest at Indian Weddings

Dowry practices in India drive women’s limited access to education and self-determination.

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Roundup: S.E.X., New HIV Test, Indian Sex Ed

Dr. Rayne reviews S.E.X, Broadsheet on the Tracy Roberson case, anti-choicers want to ban fed funds for family planning.

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