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Male and Female Condoms

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.

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For the first time, US regulators have officially authorized a condom to be used for anal sex, not just vaginal sex. The decision, announced by the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, has long been sought by sexual health experts, who said it could encourage more people who engage in anal sex to use condoms to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The risk of sexually transmitted diseases is “significantly higher” during anal sex than vaginal sex, an FDA official said Wednesday.

February 23, 2022
New York Times

Any millennial entrepreneur would probably want to shout about their new venture from rooftops (or social media handles). But Delhi-resident Aruna Chawla had to go anonymous and delete all of her photos on social media as the very first press interview for her condom company, Salad, resulted in a barrage of d*ck pics and solicitation messages on her personal and brand handles. This is just one of the many unforeseeable roadblocks which the 26-year-old faced to launch the contraceptive brand, in the middle of the pandemic this year.

October 18, 2021
Vogue India
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