Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Condom Day that seeks to promote the use of condoms which remains the country’s important component in HIV prevention programmes.
As the country leads the regional drive to revitalise HIV prevention, condoms have been identified as one of the key intervention that will contribute significantly towards reducing new HIV infections.
International Condom Day also seeks to promote the use of condoms as a means of preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Cde Terrence Mukupe said there is need for more awareness campaigns especially in peri-urban areas where cases of child prostitution and teenage pregnancies are rampant.
Reports show that a total of 136 million male condoms and five million female condoms were distributed in 2017.
International Condom Day is promoted by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV through safe sex practices.
Since its inception in 2009, it has been an informal observance celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day.