Even at the time when talking about the condoms seems a social stigma the statement of Zimbabwe’s Health Minister David Parirenyatwa that the “The southern African region has the highest incidence of HIV and we are promoting the use of condoms. Youths now have a particular condom that they like, but we don’t manufacture them. We import condoms from China and some men complain they are too small” was quite welcoming. Even though it would be seen as a publicity stunt or craziness of the health minister but considering the important position he is holding is quite necessary.
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As Zimbabwe is one of the worst affected country in Sub-Saharan Africa by HIV/AIDS, it becomes more important to promote the use of condoms which can save them from being infected. Obviously, as condoms are used while attaining sexual pleasure and no man will love to have any interruption due to the silly size of condoms which could make them uncomfortable. Even Zhao Chuan, CEO of Beijing Daxiang and His Friends Technology Co. accepted their mistakes and have promised to make condoms of different sizes. Zhao accepted the fact that different people have different requirements and they cannot just rely on the fact that Chinese men prefer thinner condoms not worrying about the size.
Such an open-hearted statement just reflect the seriousness of the health minister towards eradicating the HIV/AIDS and the policy makers of our country should try to take inspiration from the health minister. Obviously, India is not as badly affected by such disease but the condoms can also be used for population control and we are already aware of this menace.
Just focusing on the family planning couldn’t be the panacea of population control and taking lessons from Zimbabwe we need to promote the use of condoms. We need to enlighten the common masses about the myths of condoms which include the lack of pleasure in intercourse while using condoms. The government and the policymakers would have to understand that if and only if we promote the use of condoms along with family planning then only we can stop this population burst!