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The impact of information about the female condom on female condom use among males and females from a US urban community.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23212854     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigates the impact of exposure to information about a relatively new prevention method, the female condom (FC), on actual FC use in a community of adults at risk of HIV/STI. A community-wide survey from a mid-size US city is used to estimate unbiased effects of information about the FC on FC use among sexually active men and women. To control for potential confounders we use propensity score matching (PSM) which matches the group exposed to FC information to participants who were not exposed, achieving a statistical quasi-randomization in terms of ten measured confounders. Comparisons of exposed to unexposed participants matched on their propensity scores conclude that information about the FC increases initiation of FC use, such that eleven percent more of the men and women who receive FC information reported ever using the FC. We demonstrate the use of PSM and illustrate some of its strengths and limitations.
Emil N Coman; Margaret R Weeks; Itzhak Yanovitzky; Eugen Iordache; Russell Barbour; Maria A Coman; Tania B Huedo-Medina
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS and behavior     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1573-3254     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS Behav     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-05     Completed Date:  2013-08-30     Revised Date:  2014-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712133     Medline TA:  AIDS Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2194-201     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Condoms, Female / utilization*
Connecticut / epidemiology
Cross-Sectional Studies
HIV Infections / prevention & control
Health Education* / methods
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Sex Factors
Urban Population / statistics & numerical data
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