Don’t Use Teeth Or Scissors To Open Condom -Foundation

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The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has counselled couples to not use teeth or a pair of scissors to open a condom whenever they want to use it.
The State Coordinator, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Dr Kema Onu, says although condoms are good for the prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and unwanted pregnancy, its correct use has remained a challenge.
Onu said this during a march to commemorate the World Condom Day yesterday in Abuja with the theme ‘Safer is fun.’
He explained that although the Condom Day was supposed to hold on February 13, it was commemorated earlier due to the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria, as many citizens would be travelling to exercise their civic rights.
“The use of condoms remains a better alternative for the prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV, and prevention of unwanted pregnancies.
“But the problem is, many still don’t know how to use condom appropriately and that is why we are here to create awareness on the proper use,” Onu said.
He said condom is a highly effective strategy to reduce the risk of HIV transmission when used consistently and correctly.
Onu said there are no side effects to the use of condoms, noting, however, that there can be allergic reactions to certain kinds of condoms.
He said although the National Condom Strategy emphasised the deficit of 564 million condoms annually in the country, with the consolidated efforts of government and other stakeholders, the gap could be bridged.