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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

The new estimate by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that condoms, used 100% of the time, stop more than nine out of ten HIV infections. Two previous analyses, one published back in 1989 and the other in 2015 found that they only stopped seven out of ten infections.

July 4, 2018
aidsmap

Jakarta resident Naufal, 26, who has been married for almost two years, said he never bought condoms at the same store and always made sure to buy it far away from his home.... When he was a university student, he had bought condoms at a store near his campus....an elderly woman approached him and asked him whether he was a college student. “When I said yes, she looked at me and said, ‘be careful with your way of life, son’. I just nodded and quickly walked away,” Naufal recalled.

June 28, 2018
Jakarta Post

Infection rates declined despite an rise in unprotected sex, suggesting widespread use of the drug may mitigate the effects of riskier behavior.

June 11, 2018
New York Times
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