Topic » Contraceptives and Condoms

Around the world, 222 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.



Toasting Women on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2009

Amber Kirtley is a graduate of Furman University.  She is serving as Communications Intern at Population Action International for the Spring 2009 semester. I am privileged to live in a time and place where I can view the everyday world … Continue reading »


Condoms and CFLs: Environmental Behavior Change Lessons from Public Health

December 22, 2008

Kimberly Rovin, MPH, Malea Hoepf Young, MPH, and Karen Hardee, PhD In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report recognized climate change as a global issue with the potential for catastrophic environmental effects. The report stated … Continue reading »



Going Bananas for Sex Education

December 3, 2008

“Pinch the tip of the condom and gently roll it down!” exclaimed the school nurse as she demonstrated how to put on a condom with a banana to my seventh grade co-ed health class.  She spoke with so much enthusiasm … Continue reading »


Regaining Success for a New Generation in Thailand

October 16, 2008

Thailand has a rich and colorful history, but perhaps its most interesting success is its effective response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the past 20 years. Thailand effectively mobilized an appropriate response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic of the early … Continue reading »


World Contraception Day

September 25, 2008

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 »


Caucus for Evidence-Based Prevention

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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 »


Art and AIDS: Commitment to Change

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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 »

Policy Brief

Comprehensive HIV Prevention

July 1, 2008

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 »



The Food We Eat, The Sex We Have — What’s A Country To Do?

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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 »


Caught Between Scylla and Charybdis: Unplanned Pregnancy and HIV

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“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 »