As a dual protection method, is demand for and uptake of FC correlated
to HIV prevalence?
A number of studies are available on the acceptability of various FC
a review of the literature in high prevalence HIV contexts and
concentrated epidemics, what do we know about usage of FC among
different age groups, marital status, vulnerability?
What do we know about frequency, repeat or sustained use? (a critical
success factor for scaling up)
How do men's perspectives and choices influence use?
Do women who use FC do so in combination/mix with other methods?
(Evidence seems to suggest FCs most successful in contexts where MC
This report provides information on: who uses the female condom (FC); whether FC use is correlated with HIV prevalence; frequency, repeat or sustained use of FCs; the influence of men on FC use; whether the FC is used in combination with other methods of contraception. Recommendations listed are:
Education and demonstration of correct use
Negotiation skills training
Men should be educated
Target high-risk populations
In countries with high HIV prevalence, target couples of all
Secure funding to subsidise female condoms so that they can be made
available to high-risk populations.
Holley, C.; Baxter, S. Helpdesk Report: Female Condoms. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2011) 24 pp.