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Condoms, Male and Female

Affordable, accessible male and female condoms are fundamental to HIV prevention.

Condoms continue to be an important element of any comprehensive HIV prevention strategy. If used consistently and correctly, they can be up to 96 percent effective in protecting against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. They are available without a prescription and can be obtained at a variety of outlets (health centers, drug stores, vending machines, doctor’s office, etc.) at little to no cost.

Although both types of condoms usually require some level of partner cooperation, the female condom may provide women with a greater degree of freedom to engage in safer sex. Since the female condom is worn by the woman and can be inserted prior to sexual activity without the male partner being aware that it is in place, women do not have to negotiate its use.

What We're Reading offered this coverage of a robust debate among health professionals about the value of condoms in the era of PrEP.

October 28, 2016

Female condoms typically cost between $2 and $3.50 each in the United States, while a typical male condom sells under $1. Writing in, Jessica Terlikowski and Anna Forbes ask, “What if female condoms cost the same as male condoms?"

April 12, 2016
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