Female and male condoms are the only available tools that prevent both HIV/STIs and unintended pregnancy.
“Choosing Prevention,” a documentary by Martha Dodge
In the face of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy; women, men, young people, and women living with HIV worldwide need access to Prevention Now!
To promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all persons
Increasing access to and effective use of all currently available technologies such as the female and male condom is essential in enabling people to realize their basic human rights to health, the ability to make informed choices in health care, and to access the benefits of scientific progress.
To prevent as many new HIV infections as possible, especially among adolescent girls and women
HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death globally for women of reproductive age, and young women are acutely affected. For instance, in sub-Saharan Africa, more than three quarters of young people living with HIV are young women. Because women can initiate female condom use, it gives them a particular life-saving tool for HIV prevention.
To reduce the numbers of unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and other adverse outcomes of unprotected sexual intercourse
Each year, there are some 80 million unintended pregnancies worldwide. More than 500,000 women die each year from complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Both female and male condoms are effective in preventing pregnancy and offer couples and individuals another important contraceptive option.
To provide expanded choices for persons living with HIV
Female and male condoms can be used by women and men living with HIV to claim their rights to healthy, mutually respectful, and fulfilling sexual relationships. Female condoms are particularly vital to the health and well-being of women living with HIV. They can be used by HIV-positive women to reduce their chances of STI infection, re-exposure to HIV, and transmission of HIV or other STIs to their partners.