Female condoms 'give women power in avoiding STIs'

Making female condoms available throughout the US is the best way of increasing awareness of the product, one expert has claimed.

Jessica Terlikowski, co-founder and co-chair of the Chicago Female Condom Campaign, told the Windy City Times that "acceptability and access" will swell after it was announced Walgreens is to carry the product.

She continued by saying that the prophylactic is important for both men and women.

"It enables them to initiate protection on their own, to make sure that they're able to take an important first step in reducing their risk of sexually transmitted infections," Ms Terlikowski observed.

The specialist added the device can be used for both vaginal and anal sex and her hope is that it will be made available at more outlets.

Glen Pietrandoni, manager of HIV and hepatitis programs at Walgreens, observed that the original version of the female condom was too expensive, whereas the second generation is more reasonably priced.

Carole Brite, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, recently said the device is essential in fighting HIV transmission.