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Title: Acceptability and technical problems of the female condom amongst commercial sex workers in a rural district of Malawi.
Authors: Zachariah, Rony
Harries, A D
Buhendwa, L
Spielmann, M P
Chantulo, A
Bakali, E
Affiliation: Médecins Sans Frontières - Luxembourg, Thyolo district, Thyolo, Malawi. zachariah@internet.lu
Citation: Acceptability and technical problems of the female condom amongst commercial sex workers in a rural district of Malawi. 2003, 33 (4):220-4notTrop Doct
Journal: Tropical Doctor
Issue Date: Oct-2003
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10144/18782
PubMed ID: 14620427
Additional Links: http://td.rsmjournals.com
Abstract: A study was conducted among commercial sex workers (CSWs) in rural southern Malawi, in order to (a) assess the acceptability of the female condom and (b) identify common technical problems and discomforts associated with its use. There were 88 CSWs who were entered into the study with a total of 272 female condom utilizations. Eighty-six (98%) were satisfied with the female condom, 80% preferred it to the male condom and 92% were ready to use the device routinely. Of all the utilizations, the most common technical problem was reuse of the device with consecutive clients, 6% after having washed it, and 2% without any washing or rinsing. The most common discomfort that were reported included too much lubrication (32%), device being too large (16%), and noise during sex (11%). This study would be useful in preparing the introduction of the female condom within known commercial sex establishments in Malawi.
Language: en
MeSH: Adult
Condoms, Female
Consumer Satisfaction
Equipment Failure
Female
Humans
Malawi
Prostitution
Questionnaires
Rural Health
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
ISSN: 0049-4755
Rights: Reproduced on this site with the permission of Royal Society of Medicine Press, London (www.rsmpress.co.uk/td.htm)
Appears in topics: Womens/Reproductive Health

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