Flavoured rubbers to combat 'condom fatigue'

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09 April 2014

South Africans will soon see new, revamped condoms in clinics and universities.

Condom usage has fallen in South Africa, and the rate of HIV positive people has risen as a result. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says "condom fatigue" is to blame.

To tackle this, coloured and flavoured condoms around the country are set to be made available for free across the country. “The standard issue Choice condoms just aren’t cool enough," Motsoaledi says. The first batch of condoms will be distributed at tertiary institutions, and will appear in about a month, although the health department is still in the process of selecting a provider for the condoms. According to a recent survey by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the rate of people with HIV has risen from 10,6% in 2008 to 12,2% in 2012.

Click here to read the full report. Condom use, particularly in young people in the 15 to 24 age group has dropped dramatically. In 2008, 85% of males used condoms, while 66% of females did. Four years later, males had dropped to 67% and 50% respectively. An investigator on the study, Leickness Simbayi, said, “The increases in some risky sexual behaviours are disappointing, as this partly accounts for why there are so many new infections occurring.”

There are 6,4 million HIV-positive people in South Africa, the highest in the world.
The study found that HIV prevalence was higher in the unmarried, cohabiting population than in the married population. The HSRC’s study forms part of a series of national HIV household surveys conducted by a consortium of scientists. The first survey of this type was conducted in 2002, followed by surveys in 2005 and 2008. SOURCES: mg.co.za,  bbc.com, iol.co.za

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