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Kumi Women Shun Female Condoms

Women in Kumi district have shunned free female condoms in spite of their availability. About 200 female condom packs have been lying idle in Kumi health centre IV since September, 2012.
Women in Kumi district have shunned free female condoms in spite of their availability.

 

About 200 female condom packs have been lying idle in Kumi health centre IV since September, 2012.

 

Hellen Alupo, the clinical officer Kumi health centre IV, says since female condoms were delivered to the health centre in September nobody has picked them.

 

Alupo points out that the condoms were taken to the health centre as one of the family planning methods and prevention of spread of HIV/AIDS.

 

She said women instead prefer pills, injector plan and implants to condoms implying that women are more concerned about avoiding unwanted pregnancies than HIV/AIDs.

 

Mary Amulen, a single mother, says being equipped with condoms implies that one has multiple partners.

 

Joyce Apolot says that female condoms are risky and un comfortable compared to male condoms.

 

Joseph Okalany confesses total ignorance of what a female condom looks like and wonders how women use them.

 

He says that he never wants to see them in his house let alone see them in his wife’s possession because it is a sign of infidelity.

 

Alupo says the male condoms always run out of stock within a period of one to two month.

 

However, she adds that, they are going to sensitize women more on the use of female condoms.

 

Health workers then intend to distribute them to health centre IIs and IIsI for easier accessibility.

 

Last year during the AIDs day celebrations in Kamuda sub county, Soroti district, the women refused to pick female condoms which were displayed at the function.

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