Efficacy of the Female Condom for Women at High HIV Risk
James A. Inciardi, Principal Investigator
Dorothy Lockwood, Co-Principal Investigator
Anne E. Pottieger, Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse
This project was funded to test the acceptability and efficacy of the Reality ™ Vagina Pouch (the female condom) among a population of Delaware woman at high risk for HIV and other STD acquisition and transmission. The methodology entailed a 3-year exploratory design, in which 250 female prison inmates eligible for release were recruited over a 15 month period to participate in the project. The women completed a 30-hour health and HIV education program including sessions on how to use the female condom. Female and male condoms were available to all participants free of charge for 1 year following release from prison. Women were followed for 16 months to evaluate their use of the female condom and other HIV risk-reduction methods.
Harrison, Lana D., Tracy Bachman, Charles Freeman, and James A. Inciardi. 2001. “The Acceptability of the Female Condom among U.S. Women at High Risk for HIV.” Culture, Health and Sexuality 3(1): 101-118.