Zambia: Addressing challenges in female condom use

Zambia: Addressing challenges in female condom use

Date: November 25, 2012
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The challenges of addressing misconceptions on condom use are slowly being addressed by different stakeholders that have taken a leading role in fighting HIV and AIDS.The pandemic continues to pose a serious threat to national development.

HIV and AIDS has become the leading cause of death and diseases among women of reproductive age world-wide with up to 75%of women being forced to have unprotected sex, according to the United Nations (UN) programme on HIV and AIDS.
Condoms offer contraception methods and protection against HIV, and have been designed as one of the tools in preventing the disease despite the community receiving it with mixed feelings.

However, with comprehensive condom programming as a key strategy to dealing with the pandemic, more campaigns are being conducted through the slogan of Abstinence, Being faithful and Condom use (ABC).The female condom has posed a lot of challenges on the local market. Lately, it has been re-designed because women complained of difficulties in using it.
The most widely used female condom is shaped like an oversized male condom with a thin and soft texture.Male condoms have been the most commonly used among couples, but the female condom currently on the market is said to be easy to insert and remove.



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