Magazine article The Futurist

Promoting Condoms for AIDS Prevention. (Demography)

Magazine article The Futurist

Promoting Condoms for AIDS Prevention. (Demography)

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The number of condoms needed to meet HIV/AIDS-prevention goals will more than double by 2015, according to a recent report by Population Action International (PAI), a policy advocacy group for universal access to reproductive health care.

Paying for and distributing the needed condoms is only part of the problem (8 billion condoms now would cost $1.2 billion; 18.6 billion in 2015 would cost at least $2.8 billion). Less than an eighth of the condoms needed around the world are currently supplied by donor nations, PAI estimates, and donations have declined steadily since the mid-1990s. Yet condoms--and prevention efforts in general--are extremely cost effective compared with treatment. In a study done in the United States, voluntary counseling and testing programs that included condom distribution were found to cost less than $20 per life saved per year, while treatment with generic anti-retroviral drugs cost more than $1,000.

Promoting use of condoms where they're needed most is the other major challenge. Condoms are a major factor in the success of AIDS-prevention efforts in places like Uganda, Senegal, Thailand, and Brazil. …

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