Female condoms made available in the US

Individuals in the US will now be able to get better access to the female condom.

After the initiative was launched, which will see the device made available on the web, Jessica Terlikowski, co-founder and chair of the Chicago Female Condom Campaign, said it was a positive development, Aids Connect reports.

"Limited access to female condoms has long been a barrier to use. [Their availability] will help women and men across the US access the prevention tools they need to stay healthy," Ms Terlikowski observed.

According to the news provider, some 56,000 people are diagnosed with HIV every year in the country.

It is hoped the introduction of this prophylactic may be able to reduce this rate, as it gives women more freedom in terms of protection.

Carole Brite, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, called it a "vital tool" when it comes to fighting the disease.

The Chicago Female Condom Campaign is a coalition of agencies seeking to advance the case for better availability of the product.