Last Saturday a festival was held in Lima to commemorate the International Condom Day and offer information as well as diagnostic tests for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
“There are many risks, such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or unwanted pregnancies, which can be prevented if the corresponding use of condoms is made, so specialists in Peru insist on its usefulness”, Xinhua News reported.
In addition, they informed that between 2013 and 2018, 99% of sexually transmitted diseases happened because of a lack of condom use, according to numbers from the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Peru.
The director of the AHF for the Andean Region, José Sebastián, told Xinhua that the event also included some 20 Peruvian non-governmental organizations that put up their stands to disseminate information about prevention.
They explained that the condom is the best tool available for HIV prevention, as well as other sexually transmitted diseases, worldwide.
“Many people think that condoms only serve to prevent pregnancies, but condoms are also used to prevent sexually transmitted infections,” said Sebastián. He also added that in 2018 his organization distributed about 100,000 condoms in the country.
In Peru, according to Xinhua, there are about 72,000 people with HIV, of which around 16,000 are unaware of their diagnosis.