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Female Health Company Receives FDA Approval for FC2 Female Condom(R)
Date:3/11/2009

Lower Cost Female Condom Increases Access to Woman-Initiated Protection Against HIV/AIDS

CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Female Health Company (NYSE Alternext: FHC) today announced approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company's FC2 Female Condom(R) (FC2), a woman-initiated barrier method that helps to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancy. FHC's lower-cost second generation female condom will now be available for purchase and distribution in the United States. FDA approval will also enable the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to procure FC2 for distribution to global HIV/AIDS programs.

The FDA's approval states that the FC2 Female Condom is indicated for preventing pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

FC2: Addressing an Unmet Need for Woman-Initiated HIV Prevention

The data on changing patterns in the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other STIs and the rates of unintended pregnancy suggest that there is an unmet need for women-initiated prevention methods. Unintended pregnancy and HIV infection are significant public health challenges in the U.S. The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that one-half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended, and one in four young people aged 15-20 contracts an STI each year. The proportion of women among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in the U.S. has also tripled over the past two decades--from 8 percent of PLHIV in 1985 to 26 percent in 2007. High-risk heterosexual contact is responsible for 80 percent of new HIV infections among American women.

HIV/AIDS is more prevalent among African American and Hispanic women. According to the CDC, the AIDS case rate in 2004 was 23 times higher among African American women and five times hi
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