Condom vending machines (CVMs) installed in Kanpur, India, to promote safer sex and HIV awareness are being vandalized, The Times of India reports. Health officials say that 41 of the city’s 350 CVMs installed in 2008 have been damaged, mostly because of theft and lack of security. CVM vandalism is less common in the other cities. The Hindustan Latex family trust and National AIDS Control Organisation installed the CVMs, in part as a way to make condoms available to people who were too embarrassed to ask for them in stores. The CVMs are found in a variety of locations, from cinemas and gas stations to malls and wine shops.

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