Female condom use promoted in Uganda

The use of female condoms is being promoted in Uganda in an attempt to get more people thinking about safety when having sex.

Local health organisation the Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) is running a campaign entitled If It's Not On, It's Not Safe, with funding for the scheme being provided by the United Nations Population Fund, Irin News reports.

There are fears that people in the country are not engaging in safe sex due to shortages of condoms and inconsistencies of use among those who do have access to them. The female condom is therefore being touted as an alternative option in an attempt to drive down unwanted pregnancies and reduce sexually-transmitted infection rates among 18 to 34-year-olds.

Daudi Ochieng, head of communications at UHMG, explained female condoms can be worn up to 12 hours prior to intercourse taking place. He stated: "This way it doesn't get in the way of the heat of the moment, also ... in times of poor negotiating for sex the woman can guard herself from unintended pregnancies."