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Condoms for women to be subsidized JAKARTA - The National Commission for Fighting AIDS will do it's best to ask the government to allocate funds to subsidize women's condoms. The reason for this action is that these kind of condoms are much more expensive than 'normal' condoms for men. “Now we are discussing the subsidy method. We hope in 2008 there will already be a subsidy for women's condoms,” said Nafsiah Mboi, chairperson for the commission.

There was a possibility that the commission would ask the government to reduce or stop the subsidy for men's condoms because they were already very cheap. While a regular men's condom costs around 1,000 Rupiah (0,08 euro), woman's condoms vary in price from 5,000 Rupiah (non-latex) to 12,000 Rupiah (1 euro) (latex). According to Nafsiah, women's condoms are the only protection for women against contagious sexual diseases. With this kind of condom women can control their protection themselves.

The use of women's condoms was important in Indonesia because the number of men who use condoms does not reach 20 percent. According to Nafsiah, condoms have two functions; preventing disease and pregnancy. The rate of condoms being used as contraception was also still very low. “Below two percent. As a result, unplanned pregnancy rate is high,” she said.



Posted in Health @ 10 April 2007 13:29 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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