The Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Zambia says there is need to scale up Advocacy for condom use this year following a global decline in the use of condoms.
AHF Zambia acting Country Programme Manger Eric Mpoyi said UNAIDS had noted a decline in the use of condoms which is a cardinal strategy in combating the spread of HIV.
Dr Mpoyi said his organisation believes that there is need to strengthen the promotion of condom use as a way to prevent new HIV infections and curb unwanted spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
He said there’s consensus among health, HIV/AIDS experts and government officials to make condom advocacy a top priority in 2021.
Speaking during the commemoration of International Condom Day (ICD) which falls on February 13, Dr Mpoyi said condoms remain one of the main strategies for combating the spread of HIV.
Dr Mpoyi said the 2021 ICD theme of “Safer is fun” relays the importance of condoms offering the best form of protection from s_exually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.
He said this is in line with National Comprehensive Condom Programming Strategy and Operational Plan for 2020 – 2025 launched by the National AIDS/HIV/ STI/TB Council to promote condom use.
“The commemoration strives to promote condom use as a way to prevent new infections and help partners protect themselves and their loved ones from sexually transmitted diseases,” said Dr Mpoyi
Dr Mpoyi said his organisation remains committed to promoting safer sex practices in a fun and creative way.
As part of the commemoration, the AHF Zambia organized a debate between Students from Evelyn Hone College and the University of Zambia to explore factors access to condoms and there correct and consistent use.
AHF has been operating in Zambia for 13 years providing HIV prevention treatment, clinical care and advocacy and supports 2 health facilities with over 80, 000 patients accessing its healthcare services.
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