FLAVOURS AIMED AT INCREASING THE USE OF CHOICE CONDOMS
By: Sibusiso Zindela
The Department of Health has introduced a new flavoured and scented condoms, to promote both the use of government condoms and condoms in general.
According to the Department of Health, one of the reasons most people did not use government condoms was because they complained about the smell. The department has
upgraded their Choice condoms which are now available in different flavours which includes Grape and Banana.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, said in a statement at the launch of a National HIV Survey earlier this year that people are suffering from condom fatigue or perhaps the standard
issue Choice condoms are not cool enough.
“I think it was a great move by the health minister to upgrade the government condoms.
It’s embarrassing being seen with Choice condoms in your bag. I didn’t use them before, but I’m loving the new ones and they smell good too,” said Ndumiso Ntanzi, a student at Durban
These condoms were mostly rebranded to attract the likes of university students and young people from the age of 15 to 24 years old. A report by the Human Sciences Research Council
found that this age group is most likely to acquire HIV.
Thabani Shazi, one of Damelin College students, said that he was using Choice condoms even though people complained about them.
“Some of my friends would rather have unprotected sex than to use condoms. But I was using government condoms before they were upgraded. I am still using them now. I haven’t come
across the new ones and I can’t wait to see them,” said Shazi.
Londiwe Cele, who is a nurse at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital said that people have been coming to the clinic to get the new choice condoms.
“People were embarrassed to be seen taking the old condoms and we always had to throw a few away to make space for new delivery.
With the new flavored condoms it a completely different story, people are loving them. Maybe it is because they still new to the market, we just have to wait and see,” said Cele.
Nobuhle Shibe (22), a University student said that the most important thing is being safe and it does not matter what the brand name is.
“I use whatever condom available. There is nothing wrong with government condoms and there old ones were also good quality. They did however smell really bad. I’ve seen the new
condoms, they look and smell amazing but people will always find a way to make excuses not to use a condom,” said Shibe.
Cele said that people should not gamble with their health by not using condoms. Any condom that passed quality test means it should be used. It does not matter if it government condoms
“People should be worried about attracting sexually transmitted diseases, rather than worrying about what sort of condoms they using. HIV may no longer be a death sentence but
taking ARV’s it not exactly like eating ice cream,” Cele added.