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Promoting Condoms in Brazil to Men Who Have Sex with Men

Posted: 14 Dec 2006  

Craig Darden

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DKT International is a non-profit social marketing enterprise whose mission is to provide safe, affordable options for family planning and STI/HIV prevention. In Brazil, DKT sells male and female condoms to mostly lower-income couples nationwide. This paper is about the introduction of a ribbed, lubricated, latex condom called Affair© to the Brazilian market in 2000. Sales were initially very low, but based on reports that Affair was well liked by some men who have sex with men, we took the opportunity to give Affair that positioning. We worked with our advertising agency, a local research company and Dignidade, a Brazilian NGO working for the rights of men who have sex with men. Two new products - a baggy condom called Affair Sensation and a complimentary lubricating gel called Affair Personal Lubricant - with new packaging and a promotional campaign were launched in February 2006. The billboard advertisement generated controversy in São Paulo, where the Advertising Council required it to be taken down due to complaints. However, the controversy helped promotion and at the same time generated public debate on sexuality and human rights. Our overall experience has been positive, sales are up and we have received messages of support for the products and their promotion from consumers.

Keywords: condoms, men who have sex with men, condom social marketing, Brazil

Suggested Citation

Darden, Craig, Promoting Condoms in Brazil to Men Who Have Sex with Men. Reproductive Health Matters, Vol. 14, No. 28, pp. 63-67, November 2006. Available at SSRN:

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