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Female condom shortage hits Neno, chiefs worried

NENO—There’s a shortage of female condoms in Neno, a development that has chiefs worried.

The shortage would put women at risk for contracting HIV as some men don’t like wearing condoms, said Group Village Headman Makanani.

The concern was raised during Bridge II open day activities Tuesday at Ligowe Trading Centre in Neno where the chiefs asked government and other stakeholders to consider providing the condoms.

Makanani also said many women in the area have never heard of a female condoms.

“Most women don’t know how a female condom looks like and it is extremely difficult for us to tell them the importance of using it,” he said, attracting a round of applause from other chiefs.

In response, acting District AIDS Coordinator, Judith Kahunde, promised she’d try to ask look into it.

“I get your concerns and I will try as much as possible to ask some of our working partners such as Partners in Health and Hunger Project to assist us on this issue.

“In some instances women want to have female condoms for other purposes contrary to their intended use. For example, women remove the female condom ring and use it as a bangle which I feel is very wrong,” advised Kahunde.

During the same open day function, 104 people voluntarily took an HIV test. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
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