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Empowering women to take control of their own health and safety is the theory behind today's rollout of female condoms in D.C. HIV is the leading cause of death for African-American women between 24 and 39, and women in poor areas of the District are at an especially high risk.
The female condom was introduced in 1995, but despite initial optimism, use of the product never took off. Yet the female condom remains the only way for women to initiate protection against sexually transmitted diseases. The female condom, which can be inserted several hours before intercourse, allows a woman to protect herself without having to persuade the man with whom she's sleeping to change his behavior.