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In the News & Around the Internet with the FC2
01 Dec 2012: The FC2 made headlines this week as people around the world observed World AIDS Day. The Washington Post explored the ways the FC2 female condom has been promoted in DC, and The Huffington Post's Black Voices profiled Sabrina Heard, community health worker with The Women's Collective, about what it means to be HIV-positive.
16 Nov 2012: Love the FC2 but not the packaging? Let the Female Health Company know what you think! Click here to complete the survey.
12 Sept 2012: Happy Global Female Condom Day!
19 Apr 2012: WUSA9 did a great segment on DC's female condom distribution program and the recently released study about its cost-effectiveness. It also features some of the hardworking folks at the Women's Collective!
30 Mar 2012: This headline at BET.com made us smile: "Hail, Hail the Female Condom" (We liked the rest of the article, too!). And Jessica Terlikowski writes on AIDS United's blog about what the rising popularity of the female condom means for future HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.
26 Mar 2012: From the Washington Post, "DC female condom program prevents HIV infections":
A District program that distributes free female condoms in areas of the city with high HIV rates prevented enough infections in its first year to save over $8 million in future medical costs over and above the cost of the program, according to a new study.
For every dollar spent on the program, there was a cost savings of nearly $20, according to the study, which appears in the current issue of the journal AIDS & Behavior.
You can read more about the study here.
25 Mar 2012: Shanae Bass at The Hilltop writes about why the FC2 might be a good choice for college-aged women in her article, "Women find female condoms aren't so scary after all".
01 Mar 2012: A writer at A Juicy Life recommends reasons to try the FC2 that double as ways to bring it up with your partner.
07 Feb 2012: Bedsider's "Method Monday" column features the FC2 this week. Their conclusion: "What's not to love about that?" We couldn't agree more!
11 Jan 2012: There's a new blog post at The Feronia Project about negotiating safer sex - that includes the female condom, of course. While we think the FC2 can make sex better for everyone involved, it's important to remember that it can also protect you when he doesn't have - or won't wear - a condom of his own.
09 Jan 2012: Did you hear? We're on Twitter!
14 Dec 2011: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) ordered 20 million FC2 female condoms for Brazil. That's a lot of female condoms! O.B. Parrish, Chairman and CEO of The Female Health Company, noted that the order reflects Brazil's leadership in providing women with options to control their health and in further enhancing their national HIV/AIDS prevention program.
16 Nov 2011: Walgreens, one of the nation's largest stockists of the FC2, announced at the US Conference on AIDS in Chicago in November that it has certified more than 500 of its pharmacies as HIV Centers of Excellence. The COEs are located in communities identified by CDC as being heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS. The COE locations are fully stocked with HIV medications often not available at retail pharmacies and also are staffed by druggists who have undergone special clinical training. Find out more at greaterthan.org/walgreens.
Coverage of the Launch of DC's Doin' It
Watch this CNN video promoting the FC2 and the campaign!
Additional coverage of the launch of the DC FC2 Campaign:
Local women's organization pushes safer sex in the city (Examiner, 8 November 2010)
Female condoms: Prevention and Empowerment? (NBC4, 24 August 2010)
Improved female condom gives women another form of protection (WUSA9, 28 July 2010)
Female condom campaign comes to D.C. (NBC4, 28 July 2010)
Female condom reintroduced as tool to fight AIDS (NPR, 22 March 2010)
District launches grassroots campaign to get DC residents to use female condom (PR Newswire, 28 July 2010)