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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

Low education, being single and living in a metropolitan area were found to be independently associated with condomless anal intercourse with new or casual partner(s).

May 17, 2018

Johannesburg’s Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism has published this article by Tian Johnson on how South Africa can make smart investments in the female condom. Read on for details on the difference demand creation and counseling can make.

February 5, 2018
Tian Johnson

MEDPAGE has this brief story on FDA approved changes to the classification of female condoms. As detailed in the federal registry, regulatory changes will allow a “single-use female condom” to be marketed as a “single-use internal condom” and reclassified from a class III to a lower risk class II device.

December 1, 2017
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