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Awareness and Acceptability of Female Condoms Among Monogamous Hong Kong Chinese Female Sexually Transmitted Infection Patients.
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PMID:  23196859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Female condom is an effective means of HIV prevention. Monogamous female sexually transmitted infection (STI) patients are exposed indirectly to high risk of contracting HIV/STI via their sole male sex partners. There are few interventions to protect such women whilst female condom use is a potential means of self-protection. With informed consent, this cross-sectional study investigated the prevalence of awareness and acceptability of female condoms among 335 Chinese monogamous female STI patients attending a government STI clinic in Hong Kong. Among those who were aware of female condoms (66.9 % of the sample), 68.3 % were willing to use free female condoms. Awareness was associated with having the sex partner being a boyfriend (OR = 3.76, P < 0.001), knowledge about asymptomatic property of HIV (OR = 2.14, P = 0.006) and no immunity for STI (OR = 2.14, P = 0.011), experience of HIV antibody testing (OR = 2.21, P = 0.004) and unemployment (OR = 0.50, P = 0.011). Among those who had heard of female condoms, acceptability was associated with knowledge about possibility to contracting two STI concomitantly (OR = 2.26, P = 0.03) and perceived chance of contracting STI from the sex partner in the coming 6 months (OR = 2.27, P = 0.04). Awareness is relatively low but the prevalence of acceptability is encouraging. Female condoms have been underused and should be promoted among monogamous female STI patients as a means of empowerment as an option for sex protection.
Authors:
Hua You; Joseph T F Lau; Jing Gu; Hi Yi Tsui; Zixin Wang; Jean H Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS and behavior     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-3254     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS Behav     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9712133     Medline TA:  AIDS Behav     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Department of Social Medicine and Health Education, School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China.
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