Report Says Female Condoms Effective but Underused Because of Insufficient Marketing, Investment
August 11, 2008
Studies have repeatedly shown that female condoms are widely accepted and that many women prefer them to male condoms, but the hesitance of policy makers to promote and invest in their use has hindered their ability to protect women from HIV/AIDS, according to an Oxfam report presented Thursday at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Toronto's Globe and Mail reports.
The report also states that an additional $20 million investment would result in two newer models being brought to market quickly and that the subsequent competition would lower prices (Globe and Mail, 8/8). Robinson said, "It is about the right for women to have access to protection and their right to make choices for themselves. Schools should be teaching boys and girls about the female condom but, sadly most of them are not." Karimi said, "The male condom was promoted so hard in advertising, through school education n and advocacy -- we need the same effort for the female condom" (PlusNews, 8/7).
Kaisernetwork.org was the official webcaster of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.
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