DUT STUDENTS CANT WAIT TO USE FREE FLAVOURED CONDOMS
By: Zinhle Mngadi and Mnqobi Dludla
DUT students say they cannot wait to use the free, flavoured condoms that the Department of Health is planning to distribute to all schools, universities and clinics throughout the country next month.
This follows after Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi announced last Tuesday that the free government ‘Choice’ condoms will be rebranded and repackaged to appeal to the youth because the current are seen as “not cool”.
Speaking to the Cape Times, Motsoaledi said, “We need to inject enthusiasm into the condom campaign. That is why we decided to rebrand and repackage our condoms so that they will be more appealing to young people.”
Thulani Ngcobo (24) who is studying Human Resource Management at the university says that he is really excited to hear about the new branded condoms because the Choice condoms were not appealing.
“Choice condoms were embarrassing to use and I’d rather not use it at all because of the way girls reacted to them. But now, the new ones will be better and because they are new and hopefully smell better. I will definitely try them out,” said Ngcobo.
First year Video Technology student Pamela Mvuyane (19) says she will defiantly use the new condoms as soon as they hit the campus.
“I love the idea of new branded condoms because it’s different. The Choice condoms make a lady feel cheap whenever a guy pulls it out before having sex. Girls hate Choice condoms because of the terrible smell as well,” said Mvuyane.
The DUT’S HIV & AIDS Centre has welcomed the project announced by the Health Department and says that they hope students will use these new condoms.
“Students have negative attitudes towards the choice condoms, but the new condoms will still be condoms. A condom will still be a condom, whatever flavour or colour it is. If the KwaZulu-Natal government implements the project, we will promote the new condoms like we always have promoted safe sex,” said DUT Health promoter Ozeil Mdletshe.