Female condom scarcity worries Neno chiefs

Chiefs in Neno have expressed worry over the scarcity of female condoms in the area ,a development they say would make more women become more vulnerable to contracting HIV as some men show reluctance in using male condoms.

The chiefs made the remarks during Bridge II open day activities Tuesday at Ligowe Trading Centre in Neno where, among others, chiefs asked government officials and other stakeholders to consider assisting them with the condoms.

GVH Makanani revealed that a lot of women in the area do not know the existence of female condoms and the importance of using them which he said makes them solely depend on their male counterparts to use male condoms for them to have safe sex.

A woman demonstrating on how a female condom should be used. Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

“Most women do not know how a female condom looks like and it is extremely difficult for us to tell them the importance of using it,” complained GVH Makanani who got a round of applause from other chiefs.

In response, acting District AIDS Coordinator, Judith Kahunde said she has noted the chiefs concerns and promised she would try to ask all relevant working partners to assist on the request.

“I get your concerns and I will try as much as possible to ask some of our working partners such as Partners in Health and Hunger Project to assist us on this issue,” she said.

“In some instances women want to have female condoms for other purposes contrary to their intended use. For example, women remove the female condom ring and use it as a bangle which I feel is very wrong,” advised Kahunde.

During the same open day function, 104 people went for Voluntary Counseling and Testing to know their sero status.

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