Topic » Contraceptives and Condoms
Around the world, 215 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Meeting women's needs for family planning and maternal and child health care would prevent 53 million unintended pregnancies each year, resulting in 14.5 million fewer abortions and 250,000 fewer women dying in pregnancy or childbirth annually. In addition, improving access to male and female condoms can significantly reduce the number of infections transmitted through sexual intercourse, including HIV.
PAI demonstrates that reproductive health services should be comprehensive and include a variety of contraceptive methods to meet the needs of women, men and young people. Meeting the demand for contraceptives would improve the health of women and the stability of their families and communities.
September 26 is World Contraception Day, a global campaign to raise awareness of contraception and the need to reduce the high levels of unplanned pregnancy, and to improve knowledge about reproductive and sexual health. I celebrated World Contraception Day in … Continue reading
PAI is a founding member of the Caucus for Evidence-Based Prevention. As the eyes of the public health community turn toward Mexico City, Mexico, for the XVII International AIDS Conference, HIV prevention will once again take center stage. The Caucus … Continue reading
Kelly McCarty is PAI’s summer 2008 International Advocacy Intern. After a month working at the office, three of PAI’s summer interns were happy to take a break from their computers to visit the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Off we went … Continue reading
In 2007, more than 6,800 people became infected with HIV every day, and new HIV infections outnumbered persons receiving treatment by nearly 3 to 1. Comprehensive HIV prevention—including both condoms and contraceptives—must become a top priority in the continued fight against … Continue reading
I’ve been in Mexico for almost a week. There’s a growing behavior change challenge here: persuading Mexicans to change the way they eat and the way they have sex. Why change the way they eat? Diabetes is on the rise … Continue reading
“Unplanned pregnancy is feared more than HIV/AIDS among young people,” comments Nthazie Nalungwe, a striking young woman leader within Youth Vision Zambia, a sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy group here in Lusaka. This comment is reflected among … Continue reading
Our next stop after the Naguru was another innovative teen center in Kampala: the Kitebi Teenage Centre. The Kitebi Teenage Centre sits at the end of a bumpy, winding dirt road, a bit more difficult to get to than Naguru. … Continue reading
Now that the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network (EARHN) meeting is closed and the group is armed with a draft strategic plan, the PAI team here in Kampala has finally had the opportunity to explore the city. Carolyn Vogel, PAI VP of Programs, and I had a full day of meetings today to help us gain an understanding of the realities facing men, women and youth in Uganda who need of reproductive health and family planning supplies and services.
“I just heard of effective use of condoms, but I never knew how to use them.” These are the words of Juliet Awour, a Kenyan woman featured in PAI’s new documentary, Abstaining from Reality: U.S. Restrictions on HIV Prevention. Neither … Continue reading
Filmed in Kenya and Uganda, this short documentary provides a snapshot of the Bush administration’s abstinence-only approach to HIV prevention as part of its global HIV/AIDS assistance. Abstaining from Reality examines how these ideologically-driven programs are actually endangering the lives of the people they’re supposed to be protecting. Continue reading