Reuters Health Information Services (04/28/98)
Researchers at Family Health International in North Carolina
report that the female condom was well accepted by female sex
workers and clients in a short-term study in Costa Rica. Dr.
Paul J. Feldblum and colleagues--who provided 51 sex workers
in San Jose, Costa Rica, with female condoms for a two-week
period--found that 51 percent liked the device very much, 45
percent liked it somewhat, and 4 percent did not use the
condom. Furthermore, 67 percent of the workers liked the
female condom more than the male condom and 20 percent said
their clients liked it very much. The research group
predicted that the female condom will not replace the male
condom, but that it will be an additional product to help
reduce unprotected sex and will appeal to women at high risk
of infection with sexually transmitted diseases who cannot
consistently succeed in male condom use.