Roundup: DC’s Female Condom Campaign Grows


Back in March, Jodi Jacobson reported that community groups in Washington, DC, would begin handing out free female condoms. NPR reports that the campaign has grown, however, to include a public education campaign on buses, and the first availability in drug stores.

CVS is selling them in all its District of Columbia drugstores — though sales so far are slow — making Washington the only place where people can get them outside a health clinic or community group. And city officials are starting another promotion: a website and posters on 460 buses, about a third of the city’s fleet.

The ads, which feature a cuddling couple, a female condom package and the words “Get turned on to it,” will run for three months and again in the spring. “The female condom with pleasure points for her and him — to tease, please and protect. Go on, give it a try,” the ad urges.

Keep in mind, this is an all new female condom, not the plastic bag-like contraceptive you may have tried in the past.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved female condoms in 1993, though they have never been widely available in the U.S. Leeper estimates that only 1 percent or 2 percent have tried them.

That’s in part because the original version wasn’t popular. Users complained about the price, about $3.60 for a single condom. Others said the material, polyurethane, reminded them of a doctor’s examination glove and sounded like a plastic bag crinkling when used.

About a year ago, however, the FDA approved a new version of the condom called the FC2. Made of a synthetic material called nitrile, it is less expensive — about $2 each — and not noisy.

The campaign is making a difference to at least one person already.

Jamika Roundtree, 24, who also watched the presentation and left with three condoms, said she was willing to experiment. A few days later she reported the female condom didn’t irritate her body like latex condoms and was easy to use.

“It’s better than any other condom I’ve used yet,” she said.

Mini-Roundup: Should Obama use his time on The View for debunking D.L. Hughley’s misstatements on HIV?

July 27, 2010

Family planning push for nations – BBC News

Abortion, Other Issues Continue To Stoke The Politics Surrounding Health Reform – Kaiser Health News

In Latin America, a Harbinger of Women’s Rights – New York Times

Pro-Life group asks Tim Cahill to clarify stance on abortion after endorsement … – MassLive.com (blog)

O’Donnell gets Tea Party backing – Politico

Karen Sypher regretted abortion, telling Fox 41 News she had sinned and was … – Louisville Courier-Journal

BLUE DOGS ABORTED–BY TAX FUNDED ABORTIONS! – The Cypress Times

Kansas medical board files complaint over physician’s referrals for late-term … – Kansas City Star

Nebraska Attorney General Hesitant to Defend Abortion Restrictions – Ms. Magazine

Omaha archbishop denounces abortion clinic plans – KCAU

Will Abortion Issue Impact Republican Runoff For Governor? – WABE

Group opposing abortion initiative has big cash lead – TheNewsTribune.com

Quotable: Kim Kardashian Calls Her Nephew “The Best Birth Control” – The Frisky (blog)

Should health plans offer free birth control? – msnbc.com

The Birth Control Battle – NHPR

FDA Approves New, Permanent Birth Control Method – cbs4denver.com
India’s ‘morning after’ pill use soars – Healthcare Today

Grayson County Family Planning Services No Longer Free – KTEN

Iran to pay for new babies to boost population – The Associated Press

CDC gives grants to improve HIV testing – Private MD

When to consider getting an HIV test done – Helium

Obama Should Debunk a Dangerous “View.” – Tapped (blog)

New findings may impact HIV drug use – Sydney Morning Herald

AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families – TheBody.com

Guest Commentary by Joel Stegen: AIDS Denialists in the 21st Century? Really? – LTNewsNow

What can YOU do to stop HIV? – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lifesaving Medications, Through a Back Door – New York Times

AIDS 2010: Women and Girls Obtain Their Place at the Table – TheBody.com

A Real Life Tale of Choosing Babies Before Career – Huffington Post (blog)

Let’s all play the abstinence game! – Salon

At Summit, AU Leaders Discuss Funding Challenges For Maternal, Child Health – Kaiser Family Foundation

Babies Who Get Affection From Mom Are Less Likely to Be Stressed Adults – FOXNews

SA ‘failing in child health’ – Independent Online

Pregnant with Possibility – Accra Daily Mail

Fourth Cervical Cancer Conference wraps up in Accra – GhanaWeb

Teen sex messages go digital – Orlando Sentinel

How Private-Public Partnerships Can Help Achieve the MDGs – UN Dispatch

Cuddles from mom make braver babies – Examiner.com

TEXAS FAITH: Are Bristol and Levi a good or bad example? – Dallas Morning News (blog)

Doctors Hospital lends a hand to teen moms at PACE – Bahamas Tribune

Where so many children die bearing children – Toronto

Uganda praised on genital mutilation ban – New Vision

The good book’s guide to great sex – Sydney Morning Herald

Teen pregnancy an enduring problem – The Daily News Online

July 28, 2010

50 years of ‘the pill’ – Journal Times
Growing popularity of morning-after pills triggers alarm in India – Vancouver Sun
Experts Say While AZ Teen Births are Down, Pregnancies are Not – Public News Service
New Jersey women’s health centers react to cuts – Philadelphia Inquirer

Baby is breast-fed by wrong woman at Virginia Hospital Center – Washington Post

Ending violence to women should be diplomatic priority – Indianapolis Star

Does HIV trump privacy? – National Post

HIV drug may increase heart attack risk – ABC Online

Officials launch inmate treatment program for HIV – Chicago Tribune

DC pushes female condoms to fight HIV epidemic – The Associated Press

AIDS awareness hits Facebook – Red and Black

DC Pushes Female Condoms To Fight HIV Epidemic – NPR

Teen baby boom plays out on TV – The State

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