The female condom is the only HIV, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and pregnancy-prevention option that is woman-initiated and currently available.
Though classified as a "female" condom, it offers people of any gender who engage in receptive sex a way to take greater control of their health.
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Despite the effectiveness of female condoms and the public health need, many people cannot access them in their communities.
Wits University, in partnership with PATH, a leader in global health innovation; and the Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids programme, supports the Dance4Demand to show visible energy, excitement and demand for greater access to female condoms.
Wits' Dance4Demand programme is sub-themed: Femidom – The Rise Jive and takes place today, 16 September 2014 from 13:15 to 14:15 at the Library Lawns, Braamfontein Campus East, Wits University.
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"Apart from adding our voices to the global campaign, through this initiative, Wits aims to engage the South African community to broadly promote student health with a specific focus on female students," says Vinoba Krishna, HIV Programme Co-ordinator at the Wits Counselling and Careers Development Unit.
Sister Yvonne Matimba from the Wits Campus Health and Wellness Centre says the global event is an opportunity to reinforce positive messages and empower students with strategies to negotiate safer sex with their partners.
"Female condoms have many benefits and help to put power in the hands of women to exercise much more control over their own bodies," she says.
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Image: Female Condom from Shutterstock.
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