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Government condoms get a new look (and a bit more flavour)

Max condoms have been introduced as the new public sector brand to replace Choice condoms‬ issued by the National Department of Health.

Director at the Society for Family Health, Miriam Mhazo explains that social perceptions around the Choice condoms were mixed, with many members of the public dissatisfied with the government-issued brand.

According to Mhazo, a great deal of South Africans were displeased with the smell of Choice condoms, lamenting the poor quality of latex and packaging.

It lacked the status... If your'e having a partner you wanted to impress, Choice was not the condom to take out of your pocket.

Miriam Mhazo, Director at the Society for Family Health

In addition, she says concerning HIV prevalence studies found that there had been a significant decline in condom use between 2008 and 2012.

Unlike the standard Choice condoms, Max now comes in four colours and scents (regular, grape, banana and strawberry).

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