Experts point to condoms as breakthrough in stopping AIDS pandemic
At a recent conference, the United Nations (UN) officially stated that condoms could help stop the spread of AIDS, marking a big step for safer sex education and spreading awareness on how to best prevent the disease.
It wasn't easy to get the final word in, as the efforts were hampered by some stiff opposition from a number of organizations and countries. In the end, however, there was a general consensus that safe sex would be better for all.
"We are very happy about this. It is very explicit and will definitely help our work to overcome resistance and fears about condoms," said George Tembo, head of the AIDS/HIV department at the UN Population Fund, according to The Vancouver Sun. The agency distributed around 3.2 billion condoms in 2010, quite a leap from the 2.7 billion given out the year before.
The UN also highlighted the efforts of India to make condoms widely used and more accessible. The country has launched a home delivery service that delivers contraceptives throughout 17 different provinces, reaching around 200 million people.
Many other countries are taking similar steps to encourage the use of condoms, the news source reports. Demand for condoms in Kenya is now at 20 million per month, while Cameroon has distributed 145 million between 2006 and 2010. These efforts are coupled with education.
"It is not just distributing them, you have to make sure people know about them and know how to use them," Tembo explained, according to the publication. "Otherwise they are just left to melt in the sun."
While something like a home delivery service may not be available in the U.S., those who are intrigued by the idea can always buy condoms online. This is a safe and effective way to get contraceptives sent right to your doorstep.