Hardwick, Deborah
September 2002
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2002, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p63
Academic Journal
This paper reports the findings of an evaluation of a female condom promotion intervention delivered to 109 socio-economically disadvantaged women at high risk for STI/HIV living in Toronto, Canada, who had never used female condoms in the past. The intervention was designed to introduce the female condom to participants and to increase the frequency of their use of either the female or male condom. The percentage of sexual intercourse events protected by either a female or male condom significantly increased from 48.9% at baseline to 70.7% at one-month follow-up and 70.5% at two-month follow-up. Use of the female condom increased from 0% at baseline to 44.7% at onemonth and then decreased slightly to 42.3% at the two-month follow-up. Women aged 25 and older, those who were comfortable inserting the female condom, and those who reported liking the female condom were more likely to use it. At the two-month follow-up, 37.5% of participants reported a preference for access to female condoms, 33.7% preferred both male and female condoms, and 28.9% preferred male condoms. This is the first published report on the impact of a female condom promotion intervention conducted in Canada, and, consistent with previous research from the U.S.A., the findings suggest that female condom focused interventions can significantly increase condom use among women at high risk for STI/HIV.


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