By Megan O'Connell, Student at University of Wisconsin – Platteville
You’re at the local CVS trying to hide your condoms under that package of Oreos you don’t even need. On your way to the check-out line you just happen to run into your boyfriend's mom. After an awful five-minute conversation, you proceed to the check-out line where, of course, the cashier is a very nosy 80-year-old woman. It makes you never want to buy condoms ever again.
Luckily for all of us, this can be avoided, thanks to a new organization called Conscious Contraceptives.
ConCon.org allows consumers to purchase their contraceptives in a discreet fashion, but it also benefits a good cause. For every contraceptive you purchase, a donation is made to residents of Tanzania.
“ConCon.org is a one-stop shop to safely and discreetly purchase all delicate sexual products. We cater to the needs of both genders, male and female, as well as to the needs of people of any sexual orientation,” said Cory Capoccia, founder of ConCon.org.
Adults in Tanzania lack something most of us in the United States take for granted — sexual health education. According to the Central Intelligence Agency FAQs, the birth rate in Tanzania is 31.81 births/1,000 population. In comparison, the birth rate in the United States is 13.68-births/1,000 population. The HIV adult prevalence rate in Tanzania is 5.6 percent of the population, while it's only 0.6 percent of the U.S. population.
ConCon.org works with Support for International Change, and together they are working on advancing global sexual health. How are they doing so? Well by visiting ConCon.org you can purchase male and female contraceptives, lubricants, bath and body products and personal pleasure products. For every purchase you make you are not only avoiding awkward scenarios, but you’re also getting those items donated to people who don’t have the same access to these items as we do.
The SIC volunteers are working in Tanzania to educate the citizens on sexual health awareness and education. The volunteers work with the village leaders to enable them to make a long-term impact. They also have testing facilities available to villages.
“ConCon.org is focused on the educational component of sexual health in addition to donating the desperately-needed contraceptive products. By focusing on improving sexual education, we are ensuring that our efforts are being applied toward implementing long-term, sustainable changes in the sexual health of Tanzanians and eventually other areas within Africa as well,” Capoccia said.
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