National Aids Commission (NAC) has admitted that the use of female condoms as a contraceptive continues to be in doldrums. The safe sex method is underutilised across the globe including Malawi, where extensive campaigns are being conducted for years now.
Female condom is an invention of a Danish physician Dr Lasse Hessel, which shields women against sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV and AIDS. [Read: How Effective are Female Condoms?]
Sex campaigners are finding it increasingly difficult to convince women to use the female condom in Chikwawa, Neno and Nchalo. According to sex educators of these countries, partners are rejecting the female latex because it makes ‘too much noise during use’. Some of the women reported that they are ashamed to use the contraceptive as their male counterparts call them prostitutes for wearing a female condom. Also, the contraceptive is not popular among sex workers of Malawi. [Read: How does the Female Condom Work?]
The board chairperson of NAC, Mara Kumbweza Banda, pointed out that the culture and the nature of the condom are the reasons of its rejection. On the eve of observation of the first ever Global Female Condom Day, she said that the little use of the condom despite awareness campaigns is a worry and it can only be promoted with mass awareness initiatives. She further added that both sexes should be empowered on safe sex and its tools.
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