We examined barriers to and facilitators of female condom use via qualitative in-depth interviews with 38 young men 18 to 28 years in South Africa whose partners, all university students, were enrolled in a female condom intervention trial. In all, 21 men used the female condom; the remaining 17 did not attempt use. The main facilitators to female condom use were convenience of use for men, curiosity to see how female condoms compared to male condoms, enhanced sexual sensation, and perceptions of better safety and comfort of the device compared to male condoms. We recommend that human immunodeficiency virus HIV prevention and condom promotion programs around the world target men directly for education on female condoms and that they also work with couples jointly around issues of safer-sex communication and negotiation. Female condom use remains low in most parts of the world, despite approval by the U. According to estimates by the United Nations Population Fund, there were nine donor-provided male condoms for every man aged 15 to 49 in sub-Saharan Africa in and only one female condom for every ten women aged 15 to 49 in the region that year UNAIDS,
Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. The most popular and accessible type of condom is the male external condom , which is placed on an erect penis just before sex. The male condom is an old form of contraception and STI protection —some suggest that the male condom dates back to ancient Egypt, but the first documented description of an male condom was by Italian anatomist Gabriello Fallopio in in his book De Morbo Gallico, as a method for preventing syphilis 1,2. Although not as well known, female condoms also exist. The female condom can be inserted into the vagina up to eight hours before having sex 3,4. Most commercially available models have a flexible ring on both ends—an internal ring to hold the condom up inside the vagina, and an external ring to prevent the condom from being pushed up into the vagina.
While female condoms internal condoms were originally designed for use in vaginal intercourse, some gay and heterosexual couples have used them for anal sex. There are no research studies on their efficacy in preventing the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections during anal sex, but they form a barrier which should prevent semen and other bodily fluids from passing from one sexual partner to the other. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that the device is impermeable to HIV and other viruses. It is therefore reasonable to assume that using a female condom for anal intercourse will provide protection.
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