Survey Shows A Huge Drop In Condom Use.

The campaign to have South Africans accept the use of condoms as one of the basic requirements to halt HIV prevalence in South Africa among other sexually transmitted diseases seem to be a huge challenge to SA health department.

A latest South African Demographic and Health Survey has proven that South Africans still abhors the use of condoms.

The survey shows an inadequate condom use is reported to be 58% among women and 65% amongst men and Hilton Julius, the Medical Male Circumcision Programme Manager at CareWorks, said this is because there is still a stigma associated with condom use among citizens.

“There is a lot of stigma around condom usage, people saying they don’t like the smell of the condoms and some claiming it takes away the spontaneous action of engaging in sex,” Julius said.

Julius commended the SA government for to respond to these complaints by introducing the Max condoms which have a different feel and different flavours like strawberry, banana and grape.

“There are many efforts to make it accessible for men and to address their concerns around condoms,” he said, “We continue to advocate for condom usage because there’s a lot of benefits and reasons for using condoms correctly and for men to go for circumcision to lower STIs and HIV prevalence in South Africa.

In line with the South African Demographic and Health Survey, a report by the Across Women’s Lives revealed that HIV among young South African women and girls his steadily on the rise.

In line with the South African Demographic and Health Survey, a report by the Across Women’s Lives revealed that HIV among young South African women and girls his steadily on the rise.

Moreso, a survey report by StatisticSA revealed that the total number of persons living with HIV in South Africa increased from an estimated 4,94 million in 2002 to 7,06 million by 2017. For 2017, an estimated 12,6% of the total population is HIV positive.

Exposing the level of HIV prevalence in South Africa, the report says approximately one-fifth of South African women in their reproductive ages (15-49 years) are HIV positive.

However, the HIV prevalence among the youth aged 15–24 declined from 7,3% in 2002 to 4,6 in 2017 while the rate at which the population in South Africa is being infected is estimated to be declining from 1,9% in 2002 to 0,9% in 2017. We could recall that in 2016, the SOuth African Government introduced the Max condoms in its bid to make condoms more attractive for people.

The Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, himself took it upon himself to introduce the new condoms to Members of Parliament (MPs) encouraging them to make use of the government issued condoms and declaring that the “Max is for maximum pleasure, protection, and it does not make noise at all”.

“The Max is for maximum pleasure, maximum protection and it … it comes in different flavours. If you want a grape flavour, you can get a grape flavour. If you want an apple flavour, you can get an apple flavour,” Ramaphosa said.

The Max condoms replaced the Choice condoms which received criticism from people for their smell.

Meanwhile, the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) CEO Dr Fareed Abdullah explained that condom use is one of the main strategies to combat HIV/Aids, and a better smelling and better-looking condom can encourage people to safer sexual practices.

 

 

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