-- Safe4now Foundation Allows Prostitutes to Prevent AIDS or STD
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, October 31/PRNewswire/ --
Though condom prices are decreasing rapidly all over the world,
prostitutes and other women working in the sex industry still have to pay
enormous costs to guarantee a safe working environment. Although HIV
infections and sexual transmitted diseases (STD) remain a great risk in their
line of work, survey shows that one in every five prostitutes is offering her
services without using a condom. Therefore the Dutch Safe4now Foundation
launches a new European campaign to distribute cheap condoms for the sex
industry, allowing prostitutes to work safer, more pleasant and cheaper.
From now on this new brand of cheap and certified condoms is available in
all of Europe. People can buy them anonymously on http://www.safe4now.eu,
paying 10 euro for a package of 100 condoms. This price includes delivery
costs, thus reducing the price of a condom to less than 10 cents. The
Safe4now Foundation therefore claims to be the cheapest distributor of
condoms in Europe. By launching this campaign the foundation hopes to
increase the use of condoms in the sex industry and reduce the spread of the
HIV virus or venereal diseases.
A study of the Dutch research centre for public health and environment
(RIVM) shows that 7 percent of the prostitutes in large cities like Amsterdam
and Rotterdam are infected by HIV. Because only 82 percent of the ladies use
a condom on a regular basis, sometimes engaging unprotected intercourse with
their clients, they still risk spreading HIV and STD. Among addicted
prostitutes only 40 percent always uses a condom. An EU-funded project on 866
female prostitutes from European countries concluded that the lack of condom
use was associated with HIV infections.
"As a foundation we try to support these women. By keeping our prices
under ten cent per condom, by adding extra lubricant and by offering them the
opportunity to order condoms anonymously through the Internet", Bianca Boef
of Safe4now says. "Although condoms are almost a primary necessity of life
for them, they have to pay the same high price as private consumers. If they
are obliged to order them through their bosses, they even have to pay more."
More information: http://www.safe4now.eu