Rwanda: condom awareness campaign intensifies.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Health promotion (Management)
Condoms (Usage)
Condoms (Distribution)
Sexually transmitted diseases (Prevention)
Sexually transmitted diseases (Management)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: Event Code: 690 Goods & services distribution; 200 Management dynamics Advertising Code: 59 Channels of Distribution Computer Subject: Company distribution practices; Company business management
Product: Product Code: 3069770 Prophylactics & Diaphragms; 8000147 Venereal Disease Prevention NAICS Code: 326299 All Other Rubber Product Manufacturing; 621999 All Other Miscellaneous Ambulatory Health Care Services SIC Code: 3069 Fabricated rubber products, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Rwanda Geographic Code: 6RWAN Rwanda
Accession Number: 236247761
Full Text: According to a 2008 health ministry survey, sexually active Rwandans use, on average, three condoms per year. A 2005 survey found that more than 80% of Rwandans had seen a condom, heard about condoms, and were aware of them as an HIV prevention method, but increased awareness has not lead to declining HIV rates. The national HIV prevalence is just over 3%: 2.2% in rural areas and 7.3% in urban areas. A three-month campaign to advance the condom agenda and distribute 10 million condoms is ending, but government officials say this is the beginning of national efforts to popularise condom use. The target of the Ministry of Health is young people because research shows that those who use condoms at their sexual debut are more likely to engage in subsequent protective behaviour and experience fewer sexually transmitted infections than those who do not. The current campaign includes posters, condom distribution by village health workers, as well as in offices and health centres, and installing vending machines in "hot spots" such as bars and night-clubs. (1)

(1.) Rwanda: Condom awareness campaign intensifies. IRIN PlusNews, 16 February 2010.
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