According to CNN, major health campaigns in Washington, Chicago, Illinois, and New York City are promoting female condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The Food and Drug Administration approved female condoms in 1993, and nearly 20 years later, most women still don’t use them.

But organizations around the country are asking why.

CNN reports female condoms are hard to find and they cost more.

There’s a new version of the first condom on the market called FC2. This condom is cheaper at $3 for one pack, and uses a non-latex material. CNN says the device looks like a long sheath with two soft rings at each end. One ring must be pushed with a finger into the vagina, similar to a tampon. The other ring is designed to sit outside the body.

Sounds too difficult? You can see a demonstration here:

HIV/AIDS advocates suggest that female condoms gives women control in negotiating condom use. Experts also report female condoms increases the rate of protected sex.

CNN’s special report on female condoms reveals that while women should consider using condoms, the effectiveness of the devices currently on the market still have a long way to go. But we shouldn’t let our lack of awareness and fear, stop us from giving female condoms a chance.

What do you think about female condoms? Have you ever used one?

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