Urge FDA to Approve Female Condom!

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Urge FDA to Approve Female Condom!

Pamela Merritt

This week the FDA will decide whether to recommend approval of the second generation female condom. You can sign on to a letter in support of approval.

Here is a time sensitive opportunity
for individuals and organizations to take action in support of HIV prevention! 
This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee
on Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices will decide whether to recommend
approval of the FC2, the second generation of the Female Health Company’s
female condom.  The Center
for Health and Gender Equity

(CHANGE), on behalf of the AIDS
Foundation of Chicago

and the National
Women’s Health Network
is circulating a
letter for organizations to sign

that urges the FDA to consider the importance of female condoms when
deliberating the approval of the FC2.  Individuals are also encouraged
to sign-on in support of this effort (click

The female condom is a proven HIV and pregnancy prevention
method that can be inserted independently and well in advance of intercourse. 
As Lauren Sisson points out in her article Female
Condoms: Freedom Doesn’t Come Free
the lack of access to and availability of female condoms has nothing
to do with their effectiveness and everything to do with a lack of investment. 
Female condoms can reduce the rate of HIV transmission among women having
sex with an infected partner by more than 90 percent and studies show
that effective promotion and programming of the female condom results
in a significant increase in the total number of protected sex acts
between partners.  Misconceptions
and biases against the female condom

have delayed international investment and, as a result, there is a high
cost-per-unit price.  National governments, bilateral aid agencies,
and international donors could drive down the price of the female condom
by making bulk purchases, as they have done with virtually every reproductive
and sexual health technology, including male condoms. 

The FC2 has been approved by
the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund
for distribution by HIV/AIDS and family planning organizations. FDA
approval would enable USAID to purchase larger quantities of female
condoms and distribute them to non-governmental agencies providing services
to the millions of women living in nations with high HIV/AIDS infection

For more information about
this issue and CHANGE visit
the Prevention Now! web site

Again, individuals are encouraged to sign-on in support of this effort
) and representatives
from organizations wishing to sign on to the letter are asked to email
Jessica Terlikowski at [email protected] no later than 5:00pm Central Time on Wednesday, December 10 to endorse the letter. Take action now
and sign on to urge the FDA to approve the FC2!

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FC2, FDA, Female Condoms, Women and HIV