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Section 3 - Barrier Methods and Reproductive Health:
Programmatic Concerns

Where Can Barrier Methods Be Obtained?

  • Family planning clinics
  • Community-based distribution
  • Private/commercial sector
  • STD clinics
  • Youth programs
Examples of where to obtain barrier methods

Photos: R. Lord, FHI.
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Many types of programs provide barrier methods, and the number has expanded greatly, especially for the male condom.

  • Family planning programs can provide all barrier methods at clinics, including diaphragms and cervical caps, and are increasingly distributing condoms and, to a lesser extent, spermicides through community-based family planning services.

  • Family planning and AIDS prevention projects also distribute condoms through different community programs that utilize alternative outlets, such as markets, hotels, bars, restaurants, the workplace and entertainment events.
  • STD clinics promote and distribute condoms after treating patients.

  • Programs working with youth are distributing condoms as part of teenage pregnancy and STD/AIDS prevention campaigns. This includes school-based programs in some countries.

  • The private/commercial sector increasingly markets condoms and, to a lesser extent, spermicides in many “over the counter” locations such as pharmacies, retail shops and vending machines.


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