Teaching about the female condom
Female condoms became available over-the-counter in the fall of 1994 and using these sexual barrier devices can help prevent AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Knowledge may not forecast behavior but is a prerequisite to acting effectively. Women have the right to know about all means of self-protection. Health care providers must know the correct use of female condoms so they can teach women. The female condom is made of a soft polyurethane sheath with two flexible polyurethane rings. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of the Reality brand on May 7, 1993.
Publication Name: Holistic Nursing Practice
Longitudinal patterns of sexual behavior and condom use in a cohort of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1995-2000
The authors report on annual interviews with gay and bisexual men who were not infected with HIV to determine what percentage had unprotected sex with regular sex partners, multiple sex partners, and casual sex partners. They investigated the reasons given for having unprotected sex, and point to a need to understand such motivations when designing programs for gay and bisexual men which would reduce the risk of HIV infection.
Publication Name: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999)
A condom's tale
Changes in social attitudes and sexual behaviours over recent decades have had a dramatic impact on trends in condom usage. The emergence of forms of contraception such as the pill has reduced the use of condoms purely as a contraceptive. However, condoms are still seen as playing a vital role in reducing the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. This has led to a dramatic rise in condom sales over recent years.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
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