The number of males using condoms in the country has doubled from 15,000 in 2009 to over 23,000 people in 2011; female condom users have decreased from 69000 to 50000 people the same period of time.
The research by Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), HIV/AIDS Department on condom use carried out in Rusizi, Rubavu, Ngororero, Gatsibo, Gicumbi and Gasabo districts of Rwanda found out that female condom use decreased from 69000 to 50000 people from the year 2009 to 2011.
Jean Luc Musoni, in charge of research in RBC reveals the reason behind less use of female condoms is because traders do not sell them and others say they are difficult to use.
During the research, it was discovered some parts of the country do not get enough condoms, other places do not get any and in other areas they were expired due to bad care.
To solve the problem, RBC changed the way condoms are distributed whereby condoms are distributed from RBC to district pharmacies which give them to health centres in all parts of the country.
In addition, Non government organizations, cooperatives, bars or associations write to CDLS (District AIDS Control Committees) indicating how many they want and get them from the district pharmacies within one month.
This is different than before where district pharmacies supplied condoms to Health centres through community health workers.