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Sexually active people should have access to condoms – NAC

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
THE National AIDS Council (NAC) says condoms are supposed to be used by every person who is sexually active.
NAC communications manager Justine Mwiinga, however, said it was not the mandate of NAC to distribute the rubber sheaths.
“We just facilitate to take condoms where they are needed, the HIV/AIDS response in Zambia is multi-sectorial,” Mr Mwiinga said.
He said NAC provides coordination and planning on how best it could respond to HIV and AIDS.
He said NAC had many programmes on HIV prevention such as elimination of mother-to-child transmission, reduction on inter-generational sex and condom use.
“Our position as NAC is that everybody should access condoms so that they can prevent unwanted pregnancies and HIV infection,” Mr Mwiinga said.
He said condoms protect  people from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
Mr Mwiinga said knowledge and usage of condoms are important so that Zambians, including adolescents, are able to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
He said the usage of condoms should be promoted together with other HIV and AIDS prevention methods.
Mr Mwiinga said NAC did not want to interfere with what other partners were doing and that the organisation supports the use of condoms.
A week ago, NAC and Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) told a parliamentary committee that they did not encourage the distribution of condoms in schools.
Earlier, the Ministry of General Education told the committee it would not allow the distribution of condoms in schools but use sexuality education to empowere pupils with knowledge and emphasised behaviour change.

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