A condom is a physical form of contraception; a sheath-shaped barrier device used during sexual intercourse to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
A number of scientific studies have proven that when used consistently and in the right way, condoms are highly effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They are easy, quick and safe to use, and do not interfere with the hormonal balance in one’s body.
Due to their high efficacy, condoms are a key component of comprehensive HIV prevention. CHS supports a combination of approaches to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. These include correct and consistent condom use, staying faithful to one sexual partner, HIV testing and counselling, delaying sexual debut, treatment for STIs, medical male circumcision, pre and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP).
Country estimates show that roughly six out of every 100 Kenyans are currently living with HIV, with a majority of the new infections occurring in young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years (Kenya AIDS Progress Report 2016).
As we strive towards our vision of creating a world of healthy families, CHS joins the rest of the global community on February 13 every year, in increasing public awareness on proper condom use to avert new HIV infections, especially among young people.