Acceptability and technical problems of the female condom amongst commercial sex workers in a rural district of Malawi


Zachariah, R; Harries, AD; Buhendwa, L; Spielman, MP; Chantulo, A; Bakali, E; (2003) Acceptability and technical problems of the female condom amongst commercial sex workers in a rural district of Malawi. Tropical doctor, 33 (4). pp. 220-4. ISSN 0049-4755

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adult, Condoms, Female, Consumer Satisfaction, Equipment Failure, Female, Humans, Malawi, Prostitution, Questionnaires, Rural Health, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Adult, Condoms, Female, adverse effects, utilization, Consumer Satisfaction, Equipment Failure, Female, Humans, Malawi, epidemiology, Prostitution, Questionnaires, Rural Health, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, epidemiology, etiology, prevention & control
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 14620427
Web of Science ID: 186034500011
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/8924

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