Two important aspects of good reproductive health care are
prevention of unintended pregnancy and prevention of sexually
transmitted diseases, or STDs. Barrier methods, especially condoms,
are the only contraceptives recommended for prevention of STDs,
including AIDS. As concern about AIDS and other STDs has increased
in recent years, more people have considered using barrier methods.
Decisions about which method to choose have now begun to involve
both pregnancy and STD prevention.
The first section of this presentation will cover issues common
to all barrier methods. Method-specific information is discussed
in the middle section, and programmatic concerns about the use
of barrier methods are addressed in the final section.