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Female Condoms Are Gaining Ground

March 4, 2011

First approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993, the female condom was slow to gain acceptance. Now, however, the improved version, dubbed FC2, appears to be making headway.

The number of FC2s distributed in the United States last year tripled, said Mary Anne Leeper, founder of its manufacturer, the Female Health Company. The product now is sold in more than 100 nations, and it even has fans on Facebook.

On Valentine's Day, the San Francisco Department of Public Health handed out free FC2s in several neighborhoods. Also that week, Walgreen's stocked three-packs of the condoms, priced at $6.99, in about 10 percent of its 7,600 stores, many in cities with high HIV burdens.

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