AIDS 2010: Advocates march in Vienna for human rights of HIV/AIDS patients

February 07, 2016

The female condom has "failed to gain the profile it deserves in the fight against AIDS" despite being as effective as its male equivalent, Agence France-Presse writes, reporting on advocates that highlighted the issue at AIDS 2010. The article includes comments from members of the Center for Health and Gender Equality (CHANGE), Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC), Community Initiative for Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CITAM+) and Oxfam, who spoke with reporters at the conference.

Challenges to distributing female condoms include cost and a "need for innovative marketing and design," AFP reports. Carol Nawina Nyirenda of CITAM+ said "a female condom is 50 cents, compared to a male condom which is for one cent." The article also notes that Jim Clarken of Oxfam cited studies conducted in Cameroon and Nigeria that showed "'an incredibly high rate of acceptability of female condoms by both men and women,' he said" (7/20).

All of the Kaiser Family Foundation's webcasts of select sessions from AIDS 2010 are available at www.kff/aids2010.

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