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  • Jody Turner

    I have met Talia. She is a creative adventurer, an artist/photographer who has worked throughout Africa and witnessed first hand the sick and the suffering she discusses. Her turn from her photography work toward her condom startup feels authentic and palpable, very real and difficult. I imagine the vulnerability you might feel as a woman in the world openly addressing such issues might require daily processing. The conversations you would have to have with varieties of men and women in your continuous business building could be complicated; we all have varying levels of repression and charge from our cultural upbringing. Considering the low percentage of woman in startups today and adding on top of that the topic of sexuality... well you certainly see where I am going with this so good on you Talia. An innovator yes, but a warrior most certainly. Having done work with Nike Girl Effect I agree that education is key and extremely vital. I am also strongly behind addressing overpopulation and the vulnerability girls and women have in regards to sexuality in their lives.

  • Julenne Esquinca

    Very good! indeed working in a public health association you can really see the effects of HIV around the world, specially on third world countries that still need a lot of attention on those subjects.
    People with HIV suffer also from a lot of discrimination, so we gotta give some love to this people and all our attention on HIV and other STD's prevention.

  • Bunyip

    It is great to see this issue addressed. BUT WHAT ABOUT FEMALE CONDOMS? Are they part of the program The female condom exists, is effective and since it is put in place by the female before intercourse, it requires less involvement of the male. It is also helpful for men who may have difficulty using condoms, and it really is one size fits all, unlike those worn by men. Since the external ring rests over some of the skin around the vagina it has additional protective qualities from other STDs spread by skin to skin contact, like herpes. I have NEVER seen them for sale in any pharmacy in the US. I do not hear them discussed in the US at all. Indeed they are more expensive then male condoms, but why aren't they being offered as an alternative? Are other countries or programs promoting female condoms more forcefully?
    Of course, jobs, education, opportunity are all part of the whole, but protection from disease and control of one's reproduction are essential to benefit from any of these.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Great point you bring up. I do think there's a need for femaile condoms as well, especially with viruses like HPV.

  • Kim

    Yes the girls do need jobs. But having extra mouths to feed doesn't help their cause either. I agree that condoms may not be the only answer, education, help and giving girls a chance at a life, is better than dying don't you think? Sure its probably a tough sell, condoms given to girls means they are indeed having sex. Which is really heartbreaking that its a means to a end, life. We have to do something that will help, saving one life at a time (yes I know that comdons are not 100%) but any protection is better than none. It has to start somewhere, one solution at a time, but give the girls the power to help themselves, even its just to make sure that they are protected.

  • Semhal Tekeste

    Yes, the girls need jobs. Job creation is essentially the only solution. My thoughts on this stems from conversations that I've had with women in developing countries that are educated, university level even, that resort to prostitution because they can't get a job. Heartbreaking as it may be, that is their sad reality.

    In response to some of the comments below, while condoms are not the only solution...for these girls it could mean the difference between life and death. So, no...i disagree with one of the statements below. They need jobs AND condoms. But, one solution at a time.

    Access to condoms is absolutely critical, and campaigns like L should be applauded and supported! There isn't a one size fits all solution just yet..

    • Jameberlin

      Yes! Exactly! It's highly irresponsible to remove a solution based on what? Puritanical beliefs that people without jobs won't resort to sex, ever?

      These women need education and jobs, but those issues are so complex, and solving them is not a small feat. Condoms at least afford them the ability to retain some control over their own lives, however small. In addition to providing condoms, clinics in the field can build rapport with women who might otherwise be floating on their own, and help them with other resources, sex ed, medical help, etc.

      I was raised Catholic, and don't practice birth control, but even I can see that ideal will not work in every situation, and these women need something else. If condoms can prevent the transmission of AIDS from a man to his partner, and save her children from losing their mother, is it not a worthwhile endeavor?

  • Andy C. Ng

    Hey Talia! Have you heard of Lovability Condoms? ( Perhaps there's a possible partnership here? The founder is a former NYU student and she's had some good commercial success (i.e., Henri Bendel).

  • Mara Jay

    How are condoms the most effective prevention? They are not 100% effective as you are insinuating. It would be better to provide these girls with an education not condoms. Condoms would only POSSIBLY prevent them from STDs and pregnancy, but not prevent them from becoming prostitutes to support their families. They need jobs, not condoms.

    • Melody Lam

      Condoms are the first line, most cost effective measure in preventing pregnancy. The longer you have the fetus which will ultimately grow into a child, the more expensive it is to take care of it. People have to consider the costs/benefits when in tough situations. The girl mentioned in the article considered her sister before deciding to accept $3,000 from a man. Waiting for the money to come would have prolonged the suffering that she was experiencing at the time. If she had had the condom, she would not have to face the consequences of sex such as pregnancy and STDs to have money to support her family.

    • mike.vallano

      Indeed there are numerous issues, but by preventing pregnancies and STDs (even if less than 100% effective), plenty of immediate good can be done while education and economic change comes along.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I agree that some of the proceeds from these condoms should go to education and jobs. Wondering if you know of any programs that L Condoms could partner up with?

    • Carolime Malouse

      aaaaaand there's the shaming that the campaign is trying to avoid.