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NYC's African Diaspora Community Welcomes the Second-Generation Female Condom (FC2)
Date:11/16/2009

Fazo, originally from Zimbabwe and a peer advocate and health educator at African Services Committee, said, "At African Services, we have distributed thousands of free female condoms over the past seven years. As an organization dedicated to serving the health needs of New York City's African immigrants, we are proud that HIV prevention programs in Africa have pioneered the introduction of the second-generation female condom and are glad it will now be more widely available in New York City,"

"Experience has shown that when women and men have access to the female condom and education on its correct use, it is a product that is embraced and in high demand," Ms. Fazo added. Just like the tampon two generations ago, women need to be introduced to the female condom and experience it for themselves to recognize its value."

To help organizations involved in New York City's free condom distribution program, the New York City of Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is sponsoring a one-day meeting on November 16 that will feature an education session by Sandra Mapemba of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Ms. Mapemba recently led Malawi's introduction of the second-generation female condom, and she will provide information on how to discuss the new female condom with clients and answer frequently asked questions.

"It's very exciting that an African woman will be teaching women in America about the second-generation female condom," Ms. Nichols noted. "It demonstrates how far we have come in expanding HIV prevention around the world, but that we still have a lot of work to do in the United States to raise women's awareness and access to of the female condom. New York's investment in expanding awareness should be applauded, and we hope other state and local governments will start following the city's lead."

In its first report on the status of women's health around the globe, released last week, the World Health Or
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