Washington DC = 1st US city offering free female condoms

Washington, D.C., will become the first city in the United States to give away female condoms.

The project will distribute 500,000 free condoms at beauty salons, convenience stores and high schools in sections of the city that are plagued with high HIV rates.

The effort could begin within the next three weeks.

A 2008 report showed HIV rates in D.C. to be at 3 percent, making it a major epidemic. Nationally, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among black women between the ages of 25 and 34…

The free female condom effort comes after a decade-long campaign to combat the HIV and AIDS epidemic by distributing free male condoms in Washington, D.C. The effort was largely seen as ineffective.

The female condom was first approved by the FDA in 1993, but its use has been limited. A second version was approved last year and consists of special polyurethane that conducts body heat to enhance sexual sensation for both men and women, the makers say.

All I can ever picture when the topic is female condoms is Edina’s mom in Ab-Fab slipping a couple over her hands and lower arms and enquiring if they’re for dish-washing?

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