Health advocates hope for more widespread use of a new version of the female condom to help combat STDs.
Wired PR News – Health advocates are hoping that a new version of the female condom will lead to more use of the mechanism and prove beneficial for helping combat global issues with AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the new condom that is less expensive and easier to use, which advocates hope will lead to wider distribution and use among women in developing nations, and others at risk of unwanted pregnancies and STDs.
Columbia University Assistant Professor Susie Hoffman is quoted by the AP as stating of the new condom, “This is a tremendous victory. In the United States, there has been strong bias against it. Some people involved in AIDS and family planning would say, ‘Why do we need these? It’s so weird that women are not going to pick it up… But if presented in the right way, many women do like it… To find these people and help them and train them, you need systematic programming, which costs money.”
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