Nothing is more vital in life today than taking care of one’s health. Health is wealth and being cautious is definitely in. With numerous diseases in our midst these days, it is but crucial for both young and old people to lead a healthy lifestyle as much as possible.
Condoms are synonymous to healthcare. They are one of the major protective tools a person can use to prevent from getting infected by sexually transmitted diseases including the dreaded HIV/AIDS and to prevent pregnancy as well. Time and again, the contraceptive has been proven by various studies to be 95 percent effective that it has become a total necessity for teenagers and adults especially those who are sexually active. The use of condom also proves crucial for sex workers in the developing parts of the globe such as India, Thailand and the Philippines.
Condom use is and will always be at the forefront of the global battle against HIV/AIDS. In the U.S., a program by the Bush administration known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR is pushing for a $50 billion budget for the next five years from 2009 to 2013 to fight AIDS and related diseases worldwide.
The proposed amount, which is a big jump from the $19 billion allotted for the program’s first five years, will be spent for training health care workers, treating infected people and promoting safe sex education around the world. The government program in response to the out-of-control AIDS epidemic also emphasizes the importance of abstinence until marriage, fidelity in marriage and the use of condoms.
In this global program, however, not only is the male condom being highlighted. Access to the female condom is also being pushed by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) organization. In fact, the group has come up with a new report entitled “Saving Lives Now: Female Condoms and the Role of U.S. Foreign Aid that details the investment made by the federal government in the procurement, distribution and programming of female condoms. Studies have shown that the female condoms when used properly can serve the same dual protection as that the male condom.
While the condom can prevent the transmission of infectious diseases related to sex, it is also a vital tool in preventing pregnancy. With the world population at 6.7 billion as of May 2008 and is expected to reach almost 9 billion by the year 2050, it is highly critical that married people notably in densely populated countries use family planning methods.
Apart from married couples, teenagers who are discovering sex and becoming sexually active should also be made aware of the adverse effects of early pregnancy. This is where sex education proves critical.
Female teens under the age of 18 face a high risk pregnancy as well as complications in birth and postpartum. Complications include hypertension, anemia, eclampsia and hard labor and childbirth. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESCA) foresees the rate of teenage pregnancy to be at 52.9 pregnancies for every 1,000 female adolescents.
All these facts lead to just one point – that condoms play an important part and should always be so in every person’s sex life. And life will never be the same without it.