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

Initiated: 1994

Funding Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse

Project Summary:

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.

Select Publications:

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.