Thailand: Call for Cheap Access to Female Condoms
June 8, 2009
At the recent 12th National AIDS Conference, advocates said female condoms can play a key role in Thailand's HIV prevention strategy.
In the last four years, production volume has risen from 12 million to 26 million, and female condoms are now distributed in 90 million countries. Thailand could make the FC2 available, though it would be expensive due to importation costs.
According to Taweesap, the government began studying the use of female condoms as part of the countrys HIV/AIDS plan in 1990 but the project was suspended and eventually ended last year. The government should revisit efforts to improve access to the prevention device, he said.
"The point is how to make female condoms become another option for women to prevent them from getting HIV," said Taweesap.
The Nation (Bangkok)
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