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Innovations in condoms: Their key role in pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention.

When: Thursday, 28 October 2021 - Thursday, 28 October 2021
Where: Online Event
Start time:15:00


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Inaugural Lecture of Professor Matgorzata Beksinska

Professor Matgorzata Beksinska from the the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits Universitywill deliver her inaugural lecture titled, Innovations in condoms: Their key role in pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention.

Male and female condoms are the only available multi-purpose technology (MPT) that can prevent unintended pregnancy and  sexually transmitted infections including HIV. If used correctly and consistently, condoms can provide levels of pregnancy protection similar to many hormonal methods. Condoms remain one of the most common methods used at first sexual intercourse and are relied on as a current use of contraception and STI/HIV prevention by adolescents in many regions of the world.  In particular male condoms are generally easy to access at low cost. Female condoms are more expensive than male condoms and less accessible,  however, they have the advantage of being a female-initiated  method.  Condom users may experience some common challenges, however recent advances in condom technology have led to new designs and modifications of existing products to improve quality and make them more attractive, acceptable and pleasurable for consumers and increase use.  Condoms are classified as Class II medical devices and new products are required to undergo rigorous testing including the conduct of clinical trials to assess functional performance. This lecture will present the latest innovations in condom technology including the research conducted in this area in South Africa.

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