“Any experienced NGO activist knows that condoms sometimes break while being used. That is why government campaigns in India, whether through the National Aids Control Organisation or state governments, should focus on safe sex as a holistic concept which includes highlighting the role of fidelity to single partners,” he added.
Apart from stressing the need for safe sex, Vardhan pointed out his efforts to form a robust voluntary blood donation system throughout the country which would ensure safety as well as access to quality blood. “It will help prevent transmission of the HIV virus through contaminated blood transfusions,” he said.
Vardhan has been critical of reports that sought to draw a connection between his statement and the criminalisation of same sex in India. The culture of regarding husband and wife as halves of a whole according to him should be upheld.