7 Mar 2014

Case put for condoms for women

4:05 pm on 7 March 2014

An HIV support group says parliament should catch up with international standards for women's health and approve female condoms.

The female condom has been available internationally for nearly two decades but is not legal in New Zealand.

The HIV support group Positive Women says the female condom is the only female contraceptive that also offers protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

It says women can struggle to negotiate protection with their partner and the female condom can be an important means for women to protect their health.

It has distributed the condoms in the past but stopped in 2012 when it was told the material the condoms are made of needed Medsafe approval.

Positive Women met MPs at parliament on Friday as part of its campaign to have the condoms legalised.