The Female Condom Should Be The Focus of Anti-HIV Campaigns

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An estimated 22.5 million people are living with HIV in the part of African below the Sahara. This is a stunning statistic, around two-thirds of the global total. For instance, Ghana alone, there are approximately 260,000 people living with HIV/AIDS with 140,000 being women and 27000 being children. Ghana can count close to 160,000 orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS. In fact, Ghana is not among the worst hit countries; South Africa and Uganda for example, have worse numbers. Mycatpaw While this may sound like one of those statistics to some readers, but it is life and death to hundreds of families and institutions. The social and economic consequences of the AIDS epidemic are far and wide felt: in the African health sector, in education, industry, agriculture, human resources and the economy in general. 

 In terms of preventive or ‘prophylactic’ measures, the anti-HIV/AIDS campaign hitherto has riveted on promoting the use of the male condom. Despite the many years of anti-HIV campaigns focusing on the use of the male condom, the results so far do not match the efforts put in. Regrettably, however, in many communities in Africa, it is a severely stamina-testing exercise to convince some men embrace the use of the male condom. It is a complex issue that borders on tradition, religion and ignorance. This is compounded by the fact that in almost all cases, it is the man who cleaves to power in sexual relationships. Customarily, in the African ‘sexist society’, the man can choose to have multiple wives or one wife with multiple sexual partners. A woman who practices such a modus Vivendi is referred to as a prostitute. It is unfair and effluvium for the party who wields the power to also decide on the means of protection in sexual relationships. I regard it a woman’s right issue to guarantee that women have the wherewithal to protect themselves in sexual relations. Mycatpaw The campaign to promote the male condom has been going on for decades with some progress. Nevertheless, such progress does not well correlate with the efforts that have been expended. Some of the pretexts some African men put forward in opposition to the use of condoms include the following:


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