There is still a stigma surrounding condoms.

Cape Town - Adults continue to engage in risky sexual behaviour despite the country’s public sector condom programme launched several years ago.

A lack of condom use has increased the risk of people contracting HIV.

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Programme Manager at CareWorks, Hilton Julius, said there is still a stigma surrounding condoms.

“Many men and women say sex with a condom isn’t as enjoyable. They say it takes the spontaneity out of the moment, they have reduced sensation and don’t like their smell."

He said more than 7 million people are HIV positive, and among adults aged from 15-49, an estimated 18.9 percent are HIV positive.

Julius said many women find it difficult to negotiate condom use, therefore he urged people to be serious about the use of all the prevention strategies.

“A combination prevention strategy includes voluntary circumcision, correct and consistent condom use, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, partner reduction, encouraging youth to delay sexual debut and the provision of antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV,” he said.

Cape Argus