Sunday , October 24 2021

Increase in the popularity of the condom



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The National AIDS Council installed 400 condom dispensers at university institutions, hospitals, hotels, drinking places and other public places in Zimbabwe as part of its efforts to curb the spread of HIV.

Next units are expected in the coming year, and public vehicles and service stations will be identified as possible places.

Zimbabwe has the highest level of condoms in eastern and southern Africa.

According to the NAC annual report from 2017, condoms for women have taken 4.6 million compared to 109 million male condoms.

In an interview with The Sunday Mail, NAC communications officer Tadiwa Nyatang-Pfup said about the distributors: "Studies and feasibility studies were carried out to determine the best places to place machines, and the target population stressed the need for privacy when accessing condoms."

NAC Chivi Area Assistant Coordinator Jonathan Mashingaidze said that approximately 4,000 condoms can be spent in an hour at Chivi Growth Point, which has the highest prevalence of HIV (14 percent) in Masvingo.

Statistics of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare show that Matebeleland South has the highest prevalence in Zimbabwe (21 per cent), followed by Matabeleland North (17.6), Mashonaland East (15, 2), Midlands (15) and Bulawayo ( 14.3), Mashonaland West (13.2), Masvingo and Harare (12.8), Mashonaland Central (11.9) and Manicaland (10.5).

The national prevalence rate is 14 percent.

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