UNFPA donates 705 200 branded male condoms
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By Nicole Tau
Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) has received 705 200 Male Branded Condoms from the United Nations Population Fund.
According to the Lesotho Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA), 25.6 percent of Basotho adults aged 15-59 live with HIV, and only 81 percent of them actually know their HIV status.
This is according to data collected during the second LePHIA household-based national survey that started in 2019 and is still ongoing.
Male condoms have long been vital to Lesotho’s HIV prevention strategy since condoms provide dual protection against HIV and Sexual Transmitted Diseases and assist with Planned Parenthood.
Accordingly, the purpose of the donation, the LPPA Program Officer-Information, Communication, and Education, Tlali Matela said is to curb the spread of HIV and STD-related illnesses amongst vulnerable populations through a combination prevention approach.
Matela said the branded male condoms will be distributed along Maseru, Maputsoe, and Mafeteng borders, including various places where LPPA provides Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Outreach services.
The handover of condoms is part of LPPA’s Comprehensive HIV Prevention Project which was implemented with the support of UNFPA in the Leribe, Botha-Bothe, Mokhotlong, Maseru, Quthing, and Mafeteng districts.