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Condom-compatible lubes are a rarity in Africa forcing transgender women, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexual populations that engage in anal sex to utilize alternative methods that potentially exposes them to a range of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. Following a meeting of Africa for Rectal Microbicides (Project ARM) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in December 2011, participants decided to create the Global Lube Access Mobilization (GLAM) initiative to support increased access and availability of condom-compatible lubes throughout the world, beginning with a focus on Africa, employing the tagline “And Lube!”
This tag-line “And Lube!” reminds people to distribute condoms ‘and [condom compatible] lube’ to make anal sex safer and more comfortable. At the two-day meet, held at the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), initiated by the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) in partnership with AVAC – Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, participants acknowledge lubricants, or “lube” that can be used with condoms are a key priority for safer anal sex.
“There is a need for lube which is condom safe in many parts of Africa – when you’re talking about HIV prevention among men who have sex with men (MSM), it’s about condoms and lube,” said Kent Klindera, Director, MSM Initiative at amfAR, in an exclusive interview with Citizen News Service.
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