Bunyip3 months ago
It is great to see this issue addressed. BUT WHAT ABOUT FEMALE CONDOMS? Are they part of the program The female condom exists, is effective and since it is put in place by the female before intercourse, it requires less involvement of the male. It is also helpful for men who may have difficulty using condoms, and it really is one size fits all, unlike those worn by men. Since the external ring rests over some of the skin around the vagina it has additional protective qualities from other STDs spread by skin to skin contact, like herpes. I have NEVER seen them for sale in any pharmacy in the US. I do not hear them discussed in the US at all. Indeed they are more expensive then male condoms, but why aren't they being offered as an alternative? Are other countries or programs promoting female condoms more forcefully?
Of course, jobs, education, opportunity are all part of the whole, but protection from disease and control of one's reproduction are essential to benefit from any of these.