Health News of 2014-01-24

Female condoms are safe and reliable

Sexually active females have been advised to use female condoms as a short to long term protection against diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

“Female condoms also give pleasure, save lives as it is safe, reliable, cheap and easily accessible”, Madam Lucy Mensah, Executive Member, Society for Women and Aids in Africa (SWAA)-Ghana, told market women at Madina on Thursday

The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) in collaboration with SWAA on Thursday organized a public forum at the Madina Market to sensitize the market women on the need to protect themselves from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's).

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Madam Mensah said the promotion of female condoms among the market women would empower them to make crucial life choices.

She encouraged both men and women who doubt the fidelity of their partners to have protected sex in order to avoid both emotional and physical problems.

According to her, condoms are used by people who care for the well being of their partners, and called on them to muster the courage to purchase it anytime they want to.

She said there were a lot of misconceptions about the female condom, but said such ideas were borne out of ignorance.

Some of the market women told the Ghana News Agency that it was their first time of seeing a female condom but that they have been adequately informed, hence their readiness to use it.

They called for the availability of such life-saving objects at places where women gather often, such as markets, churches and even bus terminals.