D.C. Pushes Female Condoms to Fight HIV Epidemic
August 3, 2010
In the hope that better access translates to more use, Washington is distributing the FC2 female condom citywide. The District has one of the country's highest HIV infection rates: A 2009 study found roughly 3 percent of residents age 12 and older were HIV-positive.
Health advocates note the female condom is as effective as the male condom in preventing HIV, STDs, and pregnancy. It also can be inserted up to eight hours prior to sex. Most importantly, it gives women control over whether protection is used. "It's something they themselves can initiate and they themselves have control over," said Dr. Nnemdi Kamanu Elias of the district's health department.
07.28.2010; Jessica Gresko
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