Public Health

Plan to combat HIV has undergone public consultation to be reused

Department reopened the Comprehensive Plan to Combat the Feminization of AIDS and other STDs

On Monday, the Department of STD, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis relaunched the Comprehensive Plan to Combat the Feminization of AIDS and other STDs. The launch of the revised draft takes place on International Women's Day and, according to deputy director, Eduardo Barbosa, this was the plan for reuse. In the foreground we have the targets and, indeed, showed some distortions, he says. The first version was published in 2007. In the interview, the manager also commented on the goals were not met.

Check out the interview with Deputy Director of the Department of STD, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (AA), Eduardo Barbosa

AA - This revision submitted on 8 provides what activists have called, for example, specific budget and specific functions of each department or manager?

EB - The Plan is much more political sense in the establishment of specific guidelines and goals. We believe that insofar as we put a list of necessary actions, we need to put the budget to meet them. So if our partners and ourselves we are committed to certain goals, to make them happen will require that everyone involved put resources.

AA - The Plan of 2007 envisaged a goal of acquiring 10 million female condoms. We had information that the last purchase was four million units. Been any previous acquisition to achieve that number?

EB - Not really. Regarding this goal, we have problems with their acceptability of the female condom. There is also an issue in research to actually know what is the indication, and estimate the need for women. Previous studies have shown that there is acceptance by the woman with the female condom. It may be that it reverses. In the next plan, we must first examine further what is the need and acceptability of women in relation to the female condom to increase purchases. There's no point buying them and they are stocked.

The four million units of the female condom is sufficient for the occasional work in each department of health, with a specific audience of women, whether they are living with HIV, sex workers ... It is a quantity that meets the needs presented by states and municipalities. Not expanded the acquisition of this input precisely because there was no presentation of a greater need so far.

AA - Is there any indication that explains why there is this lack of acceptance by women?

GE - researches have been around 2003, 2004 and 2005, and indicated difficulty in placement. It's not like the male condom that you will put in hours of intercourse. You must have a whole preparation, is not as simple as you get in the act and put the condom. The management of it is different. At the same time, the very question of how it is. Both a model as the other show ring, which is uncomfortable, according to women.

A number of issues were presented and showed that non-acceptance. But it also is not widespread. Given these studies, we contacted the developers of new methods and make proposals to change the format, this way the female condom. There is a concluding question, because for that you need to be made a much bigger study.

In this issue of condoms, anyway, they report that they use, but the male. Today we had an expansion in access to the input of prevention, including young girls at first intercourse. So in all the studies we have made, mainly through the PCAP, it appears. Not on account of not having access to female condoms that they no longer use. The male is a strategy of his own wife to have sexual autonomy