The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5205.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 2:30 PM

Abstract #48706

Evidence supporting programming: Is the female condom being held to a higher standard than the male condom?

Theresa Hatzell, PhD, MPH, Health Services Research, Family Health International, P.O. Box 13950, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 544-7040, and Paul Feldblum, PhD, Clinical Research Department, Family Health International, P.O. Box 13950, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

Eight years following the female condomís FDA approval, program planners are still uncertain about whether the device should be included as an STI/HIV prevention option. Given the female condomís high cost, decision makers require definitive evidence regarding such issues as the female condomís efficacy in preventing STI transmission and undesired pregnancy; the effect of its introduction on overall levels of protection relative to those provided by the male condom alone; its public health impact, measured in terms of changes in STI prevalence; the nature of promotion and education strategies that achieve optimal uptake; the ideal approaches for targeting the female condom so that it serves as a complement to, rather than substitute for, the male condom; and the cost-effectiveness of adding the female condom to male condom distribution programs. This presentation will summarize the current body of knowledge on these issues, identify remaining gaps in knowledge, and suggest a research agenda for answering outstanding questions. It will conclude with comparisons to the strength of evidence guiding male condom programming and policymaking.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner) in this session will be able to

    Keywords: Condom Use,

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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    The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA