Condoms have played a decisive role in HIV prevention efforts in many countries. Both male and female condoms are a main component of comprehensive strategies to reduce risks of sexual exposure to HIV. Due to gender norms and inequalities, young girls and women are regularly and repeatedly denied information about, and access to, condoms, and often they do not have the power to negotiate the use of condoms. However, reported condom use is appreciably high in Botswana.
The National Operational Plan for HIV Prevention identified the issue of improving condom access to the population as one of the priority areas that need to be addressed and complement prevention methods already in place. The condom access issues require a strong promotional aspect to create demand by providing knowledge on the importance and correct use of a condom.