South Africans' condom use has dropped

According to the latest SA Demographic and Health Survey, inadequate condom use is reported to be 58% among women and 65% amongst men.

Medical Male Circumcision Programme Manager at CareWorks, Hilton Julius says there is still stigma associated with condom use.

There is a lot of stigma around condom usage, people saying they don't like the smell of the condoms and some claiming it takes away the spontaneous action of engaging in sex.

Hilton Julius, Medical Male Circumcision Programme Manager at CareWorks

Julius says government has tried to respond to these complaints by introducing the Max condoms which have a different feel and different flavours like strawberry, banana and grape.

There are many efforts to make it accessible for men and to address their concerns around condoms.

Hilton Julius, Medical Male Circumcision Programme Manager at CareWorks

We continue to advocate for condom usage because there's a lot of benefits and reasons for using condoms correctly and for men to go for circumcision to lower the risk of HIV and STIs.

Hilton Julius, Medical Male Circumcision Programme Manager at CareWorks

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