San Francisco, Calif., Department of Public Health Plugs Female Condoms for Gay Men
February 15, 2011
The city Department of Public Health is rolling out the nation's first social marketing campaign to promote the new female condom (FC2) for use by men as well as women.
"The female condom has been out since the 1990s, and we have been offering the old one at City Clinic for some time now," said Jacqueline McCright, DPH's community-based STD services manager. "Gay men ask for it more often than women do. It protects against STDs and HIV when having anal sex."
The DPH campaign, set to launch on Valentine's Day, will include promotional posters in local businesses, gay bars and sex clubs, and ads on city buses. The department's approach is a departure from the stance of the Food and Drug Administration, which has not supported the use of female condoms for anal sex as a way to prevent HIV and other STDs.
The artist behind the city's Healthy Penis campaign, Scott Metzger, created the new female condom poster illustrations. "Because you don't necessarily know how to use it, we have made special arrangements to have an illustrator draw out how to use it for anal sex," McCright said.
Walgreens has agreed to sell the condoms at a reduced price, three for $9.99 instead of $6.49 each. Last year, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago produced a website to help educate gay men on how to use a female condom for anal sex, www.ringonit.org, which includes a video created by health workers in Burkina Faso.
For more information about San Francisco's campaign, visit: www.fc2sf.org.
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
02.10.2011; Matthew S. Bajko
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