Malawi shines in ARV supply: Safe-sex emoji calls made

Malawians are Tuesday celebrating the World Aids Day with shoulders high as the government has been commended for its administration of life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) medication for HIV sufferers.

Call for a condom emoji to promote safe sex
Call for a condom emoji to promote safe sex

Medicins sans Frontier (MSf) deputy medical coordinator Kelvin Phiri said each client on ARVs access the medicine easily which he said was commendale.

He said clients need to be sensitized the need to take the drugs everyday.

Phiri however said the government should ensure the availability of the drugs all the time, saying in some cases,public hospitals drugs run out of stock.

The HIV prevalence rate has now gone down to 10.,6 percent from 12 percent and 700000 people out of 1:1 million affected are on ARVs.

Phiri said Malawi has the best ARV administration compared to South Africa, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Elsewhere, there were religious worships as part of the commemoration of the day.

Safe-sex emoticon

Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that condom maker Durex has launched a social media campaign last month “to create the first official safe-sex emoji”, asking users to use #condomemoji.

In an age of smartphones and tablets, emoticons, the small icons that are used to express emotions or physical things, are “crucial” to how young couples communicate, Durex said.

Citing its own research, the company said in a statement some 80 percent of 16-25 year olds find it easier to express themselves with emojis. Some 84 percent felt more comfortable using icons when talking about sex, Durex added.

A video for the campaign showed various way emojis are used to discuss sex, but noted the lack of one encouraging safe-sex.

It proposed an angled, inflated condom.

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Jamison Chagwa Lungu
Jamison Chagwa Lungu
5 years ago

Ma rubbish business. Durex, do you think cartoons can really help stop the spread of HIV? This is the age of straight talk, lives are at stake 1,100,000 Malawians are already living with HIV; zopsatilaso apa ngati? Tifa tonse tikapanda kusamala.

Nyoni phiri
Nyoni phiri
5 years ago

I buy ur point george phiri

Mnyamata wa nzeru
Mnyamata wa nzeru
5 years ago

Come on Durex! You can do better!

choka phiri
5 years ago

Problem is that Malawi like other African countries have never intersive campaign in schools to teach student how to use condom. Its easy to talk about condom but not using it correctly. Condom can break If it is put wrong so it will not protect anyone. In Europe they went in schools teaching youths. I was one medical to teach students.

BRAJOE
BRAJOE
5 years ago

Madam peter mutharika has to start ARV Supplimements coz she does not look healthy.

where can i apply to be a cashgater?
where can i apply to be a cashgater?
5 years ago

and we are proud of this? how about cheering when we end hiv/aids for good thru education instead?

George phiri
George phiri
5 years ago

In plain language what is Durex saying???????????

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