Urge FDA to Approve Female Condom!


Here is a time sensitive opportunity
for individuals and organizations to take action in support of HIV prevention! 
This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee
on Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices will decide whether to recommend
approval of the FC2, the second generation of the Female Health Company’s
female condom.  The Center
for Health and Gender Equity

(CHANGE), on behalf of the AIDS
Foundation of Chicago

and the National
Women’s Health Network
,
is circulating a
letter for organizations to sign

that urges the FDA to consider the importance of female condoms when
deliberating the approval of the FC2.  Individuals are also encouraged
to sign-on in support of this effort (click
here
).

The female condom is a proven HIV and pregnancy prevention
method that can be inserted independently and well in advance of intercourse. 
As Lauren Sisson points out in her article Female
Condoms: Freedom Doesn’t Come Free
,
the lack of access to and availability of female condoms has nothing
to do with their effectiveness and everything to do with a lack of investment. 
Female condoms can reduce the rate of HIV transmission among women having
sex with an infected partner by more than 90 percent and studies show
that effective promotion and programming of the female condom results
in a significant increase in the total number of protected sex acts
between partners.  Misconceptions
and biases against the female condom

have delayed international investment and, as a result, there is a high
cost-per-unit price.  National governments, bilateral aid agencies,
and international donors could drive down the price of the female condom
by making bulk purchases, as they have done with virtually every reproductive
and sexual health technology, including male condoms. 

The FC2 has been approved by
the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund
for distribution by HIV/AIDS and family planning organizations. FDA
approval would enable USAID to purchase larger quantities of female
condoms and distribute them to non-governmental agencies providing services
to the millions of women living in nations with high HIV/AIDS infection
rates.

For more information about
this issue and CHANGE visit
the Prevention Now! web site

Again, individuals are encouraged to sign-on in support of this effort
(click
here
) and representatives
from organizations wishing to sign on to the letter are asked to email
Jessica Terlikowski at jterlikowski@aidschicago.org no later than 5:00pm Central Time on Wednesday, December 10 to endorse the letter. Take action now
and sign on to urge the FDA to approve the FC2!

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  • invalid-0

    It’s about time. What is the delay, fear of women making independent decisions about their own health and reproduction? The FDA has approved massive numbers of drugs that have proven to be harmful to people, even to cause cancer so it would seem that this non drug should be rushed through, and yet it is not. Smells like politics to me.

  • invalid-0

    In today’s world, we are faced with numerous problems. Climate warming, over-population, genocide, was throughout the Mideast, terrorism and AIDS. Some of these difficulties are hard to deal with, but we can help in some cases if we choose.
    A simple but effective method of preventing AIDS, is, by the use of the female condom. If we are as humanitarian as we like to tell everyone, then help make this simple step by helping to save women from becoming infected by AIDS.

  • invalid-0

    Reproductive freedom for women world-wide is a necessity if we are to advance as a society. The Republican anti-birth contrtol “knuckle-dragging” demogogues of the far right have held sway in this counrtry for almost thirty years. It’s time to throw them in the trash bin of history.
    YES to the female condom!

  • invalid-0

    it’s another way to cut down on abortions

  • invalid-0

    It is amazing that the United States is so behind the times on issues of women’s reproductive rights. Why on Earth would a modern, supposedly Democratic government be opposed to birth control? The fanatics on the far right are not satisfied with trying to prohibit abortion, now they are going after women’s access to condoms and birth control pills to PREVENT the pregnancies that would lead to abortion! It is INSANE. Please make all legitimate forms of birth control for woman available to them and make the insurance companies cover it! This is a humane and necessary step! No more excuses, just do it!

  • invalid-0

    please support this

  • invalid-0

    Since men refuse to take responsibility for protecting oneself in many aspects, we will have to.

  • invalid-0

    This must be approved!

  • invalid-0

    Give women the same privaleges that men have.

  • invalid-0

    Although President Bush’s time in office is limited, he can still take a few positive actions for women. Please read and sign the petition on female condoms at:
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/586281150. Thanks!

  • invalid-0

    If women are to have full autonomy over their own bodies, as men already have, this particular measure must be approved as but one option for maintaining reproductive freedom and responsibility.

  • invalid-0

    This is something that may help prevent the spread of disease and pregnancy, it’s about time someone get off there hands.

  • invalid-0

    One of your links reports:

    The Female Health Company (“FHC” or the “Company”), based in Chicago, IL, manufactures, markets and sells the female condom (FC), the only product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under a woman’s control which provides dual protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (“STDs”), including HIV/AIDS.

    Is the FDA really at fault? I don’t understand why you are blaming the FDA.

  • invalid-0

    a sensible and necessary solution

  • invalid-0

    This will help many people. Do what is right. APPROVE THEM!

  • http://www.galleryy.net invalid-0

    It is quite interesting to find a sensible solution as soon as possible and to realize it.