There are fewer choices in one’s life more profound than the decision to have a child. How many children to have, or whether to have children at all, deeply affects each couple, their communities, and the societies in which we all live. DKT believes that all women and men have a fundamental right to decide whether and when to become parents, regardless of their country of origin or socioeconomic status. That’s why we work around the world to promote contraceptives and ensure they are widely available.
We would like to see a world where every woman and man has the requisite information needed to choose an appropriate contraceptive method and where every child is wanted. DKT socially markets family planning products in over 50 countries.
As the world continues to grapple with the HIV epidemic, DKT remains a leader in innovative marketing and education of condoms and lubricants. By providing people with high quality, affordable options for safe sex, and accurate and nonjudgmental sexual health information, DKT reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
DKT builds campaigns that promote healthier behavior such as consistent and correct use of male and female condoms. Experience has taught us that promoting condoms in an appealing and sexy way is more effective that simply emphasizing the health risks of unsafe sex. Our goal is to provide new reasons for consumers to try and use condoms. We do this by offering a wide array of condoms, including textured and scented condoms, condoms designed to delay ejaculation, and lubricants.
DKT focuses on those groups acknowledged to be especially at risk of HIV, including commercial sex workers, injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, and members of the military. DKT also engages young people through targeted media and digital campaigns, offering free counseling services at concerts and other youth-friendly activities, and providing age-appropriate sex education.
In 2019, DKT prioritized product integration and partnerships to combat HIV/AIDS and better serve high-risk groups in West Africa. In 2019, DKT launched HIV self-test kits in Sierra Leone, and has launches planned in Anglophone West Africa, Francophone West Africa, and Nigeria to roll out the user-controlled product across sub-Saharan Africa, which contributes more than 70% of global HIV infections. This launch is paving the way for easier access to widespread testing in countries where HIV is often heavily stigmatized. DKT also organizes HIV testing events and partners with organizations who support at-risk populations, including LGBTQI+ advocacy groups.