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Female condoms in the spotlight on World Aids Day

On World Aids Day, 1 December 2015, experts and policy makers from all over the world will gather in Durban, South Africa to explore a bigger role for female condoms in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancies.

The organizers of the Global Female Condom Conference, which runs till 3 December, state that female condoms are still a highly underestimated protection method.

Devastating impact

Millions of people worldwide daily struggle with the consequences of unprotected sex. Sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies have a devastating impact on human lives as well as the economy of countries. Although female condoms prevent both pregnancies and infections and give women more control over protection during sex, accessibility to these products is still limited. The Global Female Condom Conference aims for a change.

Questions to be answered

How can decision makers be convinced to support the dissemination of female condoms? What will make the price of these products drop? What is the best way to promote them? What are the economic advantages? Can female condoms still be improved? What do men think of them? These and many more questions will be discussed and answered during the conference by government representatives, researchers, manufacturers, advocates and even users of female condoms.

Organizers

The Global Female Condom Conference is organized by four non-governmental organizations in the working field of sexual and reproductive health and rights: Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme (the Netherlands), MatCH Research (South Africa), CHANGE (United States) and PSI (global). 

 

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