Condoms play a special role in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS because of their ability to protect against the sexual transmission of HIV. Since condoms also prevent pregnancy, couples can use them for dual protection against infection and unintended pregnancy. To encourage people to use condoms, programmes need to raise awareness of HIV/STI risks, make good-quality condoms readily available, teach people how to use condoms correctly, work to eradicate the social stigma associated with condoms, and advocate for HIV prevention and condom use in the community.
This manual is intended for the health care workers, peer educators, and other outreach workers who counsel clients on HIV/STI prevention and condom use; the sales clerks, bartenders, gas station attendants, taxi drivers, and others who sell condoms as part of their jobs; and the shop owners, store manages, and clinic staff who run condom outlets. It offers detailed and practical advice on how to increase the demand for and supply of condoms by following a five-step process.