The Action for Equity partnership is excited to announce that condom vending machines have been installed in the public toilets at Footscray Library.
Access to condoms is a key public health consideration, because using condoms and lubricant consistently and correctly can prevent the transmission of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV and blood borne viruses, and can protect against unwanted pregnancies.
Research shows that the male condom is the single most efficient available technology to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV and other STIs. Research also suggests that young people, particularly young men, prefer to access low-cost condoms from semi-private places such as local parks, school toilets and shopping malls.
So while the machines might seem pretty ordinary, they can support big outcomes for the sexual and reproductive health of people in the west.
Installing these machines is part of a regional strategy to improve access and availability to condoms by increasing the number of vending machines in public places. Women’s Health West, on behalf of the partnership, would like to acknowledge Maribyrnong City Council for implementing the condom vending machine project within the City of Maribyrnong.
The condom vending machine project is one of a number of objectives under Action for Equity, the sexual and reproductive health plan for Melbourne’s west.
For more information about the project, please contact us on 9689 9588.
The new condom vending machines at Footscray Library are unassuming but mighty.
Photo by Chiedza Malunga