'Public health campaigns are still focused around fear, prevention and delay'

An urgent solution is needed to address the decline in condom use amongst young people.

That's according to reproductive health experts and consultant at Nalane for Reproductive Justice and Member of the Sexual and Reproductive Coalition (SRJC) Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng.

South Africa is currently battling a high rate of new HIV infections, particularly in women.

READ: 'Condom use still very low across 16 and above age group'

Explaining some of the causes for the decline, Dr Mofokeng says historical research shows that the millions of dollars invested in prevention are not yielding the results and that there continues to be a decrease in comprehensive and correct knowledge of HIV.

She says the capacity to provide safer sex tools to the population in public spaces has been impacted by issues of corruption.

It's not looking good because we know that Spotlight, just last year, reported that some of the people that have been given tenders by the Department of Health to provide condoms were actually having full warehouses of expired condoms.

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Consultant - Nalane for SRJC

Dr Mofokeng says the distribution of the female condom which is now called the internal condom is still too low.

The information to women and people like men having sex with men, women having sex with women, who could be using the internal condom in other ways when they are having sex, they are still not getting that information.

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Consultant - Nalane for SRJC

You will often hear people say well people don't want to use the female condom, but the question I ask is how will they know if they haven't even tried to use it and have demonstrations?

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Consultant - Nalane for SRJC

She says campaigns around HIV are still very much around fear and prevention.

The public health campaign still very much is around fear, prevention and delay and not enough around affirming people's right to sexual pleasure.

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Consultant - Nalane for SRJC

How do we help people then in the context of HIV prevention and pregnancy prevention, to have safer sex and then talk about those safer sex tools in a way that says to people in fact, yes, I know why this condom is for me today and why tomorrow I may chose another method.

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Consultant - Nalane for SRJC

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