The Food and Drug Administration’s advisory panel voted 15-0 last week to approve sales of a new female condom in the United States. The new condom is quieter, made of softer material, and will most likely be less expensive than the current female condom on the market, the FC. According to drugstore.com, a package of 5 FC female condoms costs approximately $18.
Condoms are an extremely effective way to protect against the spread of HIV/AIDS. As we blogged about on World AIDS Day, women are the fastest-growing group of new AIDS patients in the U.S. Another woman-controlled option for safer sex is a great step forward, and we hope the FDA quickly approves the widespread sale of the new female condom.