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Choosing Prevention
In Malawi, 1 in 9 people have AIDS and 60 percent of those infected are women. This film explores the importance of female condoms in HIV/AIDS prevention, shows the overwhelming demand originating in Malawi communities, and addresses some of the obstacles blocking robust implementation.

  • We like the female condom because it is bringing peace to our family. We started using it when we discovered that I was HIV positive and my husband is negative.
    - Mathrida Landani (Jali Community)
  • Sometimes when we are going to work we put the condom on beforehand in case we encounter a man with bad intentions. That way we know we are protected and we will not be exposed to diseases.
    - Esnart Witness (Sex Worker)

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July 2012
* DVDs were distributed to delegates at the 2012 International AIDS conference in Washington, DC.
* So far the video has 5000 hits on Vimeo.
*PATH, a non-profit public health organization, will be featuring the film on a new web platform highlighting female condom advocacy.

March 2012
*Screened at the "Prevention Now! Party With Protection for an AIDS-free Generation" event at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC. This event was co-sponsored by: CHANGE, PATH, The Women’s Collective, National Female Condom Coalition, Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme, 30 for 30 Campaign, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, DC Community Coalition for AIDS 2012, and UNAIDS.

December 2011
* Screened in Washington D.C. at a NetSquared panel discussion about Leveraging Video for Social Change.

November 2011
* The Center for Health and Equity (CHANGE) financed the first run of 1000 DVDs to be distributed globally to key partners, community trainers, policymakers, and NGOs.
* Featured and distributed at the Universal Access to Female Condoms Conference (UAFC) in the Netherlands.
* Fifteen copies were distributed to advocates in Costa Rica.
* The Hunger Project in New York will integrate the film into future work with the Young Professionals Committee.

October 2011
* Screened at the Advancing Female Condoms Through Innovative Advocacy and New Technology panel discussion sponsored by PATH, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), and Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme. The event also included the international Paper Doll Campaign.
* The film was mentioned in a GOOD blog article: Can a Faster Condom Prevent HIV by Amanda Hess.

July 2011
* Screened for the Women in Film and Video Documentary Roundtable, followed by a discussion about best practices when making films in Africa.
* Featured on Voice of America’s program In Focus, a health program that broadcasts to TV affiliate news stations throughout Africa.

June 2011
* Screened at UNAIDS sponsored event, Female Condoms and HIV Prevention for Women, at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. Attendees included four capital hill staffers, members of the World Bank, USAID, OGAC/PEPFAR, NIH, UN Foundation, Georgetown School of Medicine, and other NGOs.
* The Center for Health and Gender Equity, (CHANGE), an international non-profit based in Washington D.C. licensed the film for outreach, advocacy, internet and media campaigns.

Get Involved!

  • Join the Prevention Now! Campaign
  • Sign up to receive updates and send a message to Congress urging them to include female condoms in foreign assistance.
  • Enhance your advocacy toolkit.
  • Download the UAFC guide which demonstrates how to best implement female condom programs.
  • Support non-profit organizations fighting for better access to female condoms.
  • Women to AIDS Conference: 'We are the pandemic,' Womens e-news, July 20 2012
  • What's the Deal with the Female Condom?, RedEye Chicago, May 13, 2012
  • Study Credits D.C. Female Condom Program with Reducing HIV and Associated Costs, Washington Post, March 26, 2012
  • Learning to Love the Female Condom in Uganda, UNFPA, March 23, 2012
  • Brazil Distributes 20 million Female Condoms,, March 21, 2012
  • An Affordable HIV Intervention: Because Women are Worth It, Huffington Post, March 8, 2012
  • Women's Health Services, Voice of America, March 8, 2012
  • Female Condoms and U.S. Foreign Assistance: An Unfinished Imperative for Women’s Health, CHANGE, 2011.
  • Daring to Speak About HIV Prevention in Morocco and Egypt, UNFPA, Dec 1, 2011

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