Acceptability and use of the female condom and diaphragm among sex workers in Dominican Republic: Results from a prospective study (PDF)
Lara,Diana K.; Grossman,Daniel; Munoz,Jhoanne; Rosario,Santo; Gomez,Bayardo; Garcia,Sandra G.
AIDS Education and Prevention 21(6): 538-551
Publication date: 2009
To assess the acceptability and use of the female condom and diaphragm among female sex workers in the Dominican Republic, 243 participants were followed for 5 months. Participants received female and male condoms and a diaphragm along with proper counseling at monthly visits. Seventy-six percent reported used of female condom at least once during the final month of the study, compared with 50% that used the diaphragm with male condoms and 9% that used the diaphragm alone. The proportion of women reporting every sex act protected with some barrier method increased from 66% at first month to 77% at final month (p < 0.05). Participants reported higher acceptability and use of the female condom than the diaphragm. The introduction of female-controlled barrier methods resulted in the use of a wide range of prevention methods and a significant reduction in unprotected sex.