The use of smart phones has spread quickly in all countries of Latin America. For this reason, the Redvihda Foundation took advantage of this reality in Bolivia to launch an application that fosters the use of condoms.
In response to the trend of the use of new digital technologies for prevention, in May of this year it was launched in the Play Store the application called “CondomTouch”, developed by the Redvihda Foundation, with funding by Hivos and the support of the State Government of Santa Cruz.
The application is available for mobile devices using the Android platform and provides information on the use of the male condom, hiv and aids, discrimination, STIs, contraception, rights and violence. You can also access maps with Condomfree points to which people can go and get three condoms free of charge every seven days, by means of a code generated by the application.
“These are free condoms subsidized by the Government through the departmental service of health and the departmental center of information, monitoring and reference of STI and HIV/AIDS (CDVIR); there are about 15 condom-friendly points in Santa Cruz and three out of Santa Cruz, two in Montero and one in El Torno, every week you can receive 3 condoms,” said Alan Figueroa, Coordinator of the project.
According to the latest report of the Ministry of Health of Bolivia, until June 2015 there were 14,500 reported cases of people with hiv in the country, 70% are aged between 15 and 34 years, which shows us the “young face” of the epidemic in our country.
In a brief survey to 20 young people aged between 17 and 30 years of the greater University of San Simon of Cochabamba, all responded having a cell phone with internet access, which they use several hours a day, every day. Eleven responded that they know how to use the condom, four were unaware of it and 5 did not respond. All of them were interested in receiving hiv prevention information through their cell.
With these new tools will help expand the hiv response, connecting people with health services. Without a doubt, an interesting experience which at the moment is found only in Santa Cruz and should be replicated in the rest of the country.