CONDOMS should be used correctly as an important strategy in the fight against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, Kitwe District Health Director Chansa Mukupa has said.
Dr Mukupa said condoms prevent more than just HIV and people should be encouraged to practice safe sex at all times.
He was speaking in Kitwe during the 2019 International Condom Day under the theme, 'Safer is fun.'
Dr Mukupa noted that the International Condom Day was an important occasion and relays the importance of condoms.
He said condoms were among the best form of protection for sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
Dr Mukupa emphasised the need for youths and everyone engaging in sex not to take chances and ensure they use condoms. He said the annual commemoration was deliberately placed just days before Valentine's Day so as to encourage condom use as a way to prevent new HIV and other infections.
Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu said at the same function that married couples stand at a high risk of contracting HIV because they did not usually use condoms.
Mr Mpundu therefore said the message of condom use must be preached to married people even more.
"Whether married or single, use the condom correctly and reduce infections. Couples, do not run away from the use of condoms especially if you indulge in extra marital relations.
"We who are married are the most at risk of contracting HIV because of the faith we put in each other such that we don't use condoms. The message of using condoms must be preached to us too," he said .
He said Government was focused to ensuring that new cases of HIV were reduced through the 2030 agenda.
At the same function Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) HIV programme prevention manager Francis Kasonde said his organisation would spend about $263,000 to procure eight million condoms.
Mr Kasonde said the organisation was committed to supplementing Government effort of reaching zero new HIV infections by 2030.
He said AHF in Zambia was supporting about 27 Government sites with about 7,200 patients.
Mr Kasonde said AHF would need to increase prevention strategies of HIV because the numbers of new infections were still high in the country.
He also encourage people to ensure they practiced safe sex all the time.a