FEMALE CONDOMS CAMPAIGN HITS THE DURBAN STREETS
Article written by: Sihle Makhowana
Scores of women supported by men took to the streets of Durban to voice their grievances on the issues of lack of availability and accessibility of female condoms.
This campaign comes a few months after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in parliament a new condom for men called Max, after several comments were made by the public about the previous government Choice condom not smelling good.
Words of women exclusion when it comes to the availability and choice of condoms echoed through the march.
The EThekwini Aids Council Chairperson, Siyabonga Nzimande, said that women have long been fighting for user friendly condoms and the priority is not on condoms, but it’s on young women who always fall victim to teenage pregnancy because they have no knowledge on female condoms.
“There is little or no advertisement of female condoms in this country and that alone contributes a lot on the high numbers of people who get infected with HIV and as we all know it’s mostly women,” said Nzimande.
He added that putting people on treatment is not the solution to combat HIV &AIDS as he compared that to moping the floor whilst leaving the tap open.
“We need to come up with viable solutions to tackle these issues and also bear in mind the 2020 goal to eradicate the virus,” stated Nzimande.
The campaign has been applauded by many including Dr Mags Beksinska, who was representing the MatCH (Maternal Adolescent and Child Health).
“I feel that women condoms should be available to every public clinic along those of men condom and if women ask for these condoms at clinics and they are not there, they should demand for them,” said Dr Beksinska.
“The rollout is focusing countrywide and I do feel the government is finally coming to the party,” concluded Dr Beksinka.
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