Acceptability of the female condom among women at risk for HIV infection

Hilary L. Surratt, Wendee M. Wechsberg, Linda B. Cottler, Carl G. Leukefeld, Hugh Klein, David P. Desmond

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Few HIV/AIDS educational programs have been tailored specifically for women, and most have promoted methods requiring the full participation and cooperation of male partners. This study introduced drug-involved women to the female condom - a female-controlled method of protection from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The primary aim was to assess the acceptability of this new device among high-risk women in St. Louis, San Antonio, and Rio de Janeiro. All respondents participated in a female condom education program, were asked to try the condom, and to report their experiences at two points of contact. Outcome data indicated that a sizable proportion of the women followed up used the female condom during vaginal sex on one or more occasions. In addition, many women also preferred the female condom to the male condom in terms of overall satisfaction, suggesting that there is a viable role for this device in the HIV prevention field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1157-1170
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number8
StatePublished - May 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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