This study measured short-term female condom acceptability among 51 female sex workers in San José, Costa Rica.
Each woman was trained in use of the female condom and was asked to use the device if clients refused to use male condoms during a 2-week study period (male condoms were also distributed).
Two follow-up visits with short interviews were scheduled, including questions on general reaction to the female condom by the participants and their clients, ease and comfort of use, and preferences for male or female devices.
At the first follow-up visit, 51% of the women reported they « liked the female condom very much » and 45% reported they « liked it somewhat. » Similar results were reported after the second follow-up phase.
Sixty-seven percent of the participants preferred the female condom over the male condom, and, according to the the women, over half of their clients liked the female condom « very much » or « somewhat. » The most common problems during the first phase were difficulty to insert (61%) and discomfort (43%). However, during the second study phase a reduction in these problems (22% and 25%, respectively) and other use-related problems were noted.
Although this new method is not yet available throughout Costa Rica, these results should encourage sexually transmitted diseases and HIV service organizations to make this method accessible to women.
Mots-clés Pascal : Attitude, Condom, Homme, Femelle, Prostitution, Utilisation, Préférence, Costa Rica, Amérique Centrale, Amérique, Acceptabilité, Préservatif féminin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Attitude, Condom, Human, Female, Prostitution, Use, Preference, Costa Rica, Central America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0231642
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 11/09/1998.