News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Female Condom – Approved For Use in NZ

Female Condom – Approved For Use in NZ

Lower Hutt, 7 April 2014 – After more than 3 years of campaigning, the female condom is legal in New Zealand. Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall has approved an amendment to the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 to allow for the sale of female condoms within New Zealand.

The Female Condom is a soft, transparent non latex sheath about the same length as a male condom that provides protection against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS.

Dane McIndoe, Managing Director of GLYDE Healthcare says “This is a huge win for the women of NZ and a positive step in helping reduce the risks of STI's and HIV/AIDS. I am delighted to have received notice today that the Minister had approved the recommendation from MedSafe”.

McIndoe continued to make special mention of the huge efforts and assistance of two of NZs’ leading womens organizations. That of Positive Women Inc who represent women and families living with HIV or AIDS in New Zealand, and the NZ-YWCA. Positive Women Inc together with the YWCA began a campaign for access to the FC2 http://condoms4all.org/about-uafc/ more than three years ago and only last month presented a petition to Parliament.

GLYDE Healthcare believes the Female Condom will not only empower women in New Zealand to have full control over their sexual health and well being without the need to negotiate safer sex with their partners but also will provide women with a real world alternative to the medicated contraception options currently available in New Zealand.

Jane Bruning, National Coordinator of Positive Women Inc. said “We are ecstatic that the FC2 is finally to be made available in New Zealand. We have campaigned long and hard for this through the Paper Doll Campaign which is an international campaign to increase universal access to the female condom. The next battle issue will be to ensure they are subsidised so they are not only available but affordable, at the same level as the male condom.

GLYDE Healthcare will have the FC2 Female Condom available for purchase publicly via their website www.glydesupplies.co.nz and selected retail stockists across country from midday Thursday 1st May, being the first day they are legally allowed to be sold in New Zealand.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news