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Section 3 - Barrier Methods and Reproductive Health:
Programmatic Concerns

Using Two Methods: Dual-Method Use

Provider counseling client on Dual-Method Use

Artwork adapted from PATH and The Population Council.
Slide 40

Barrier methods are difficult to use consistently and correctly. Therefore, in typical use, barrier methods are not as effective at preventing pregnancy as some other methods. Hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices and sterilization are very effective at preventing pregnancy but offer no protection against the transmission of STDs.

If a person is at increased risk of STD/HIV infection, providers have a responsibility to help clients decide which method or methods to use, given this dilemma between emphasizing pregnancy prevention or disease prevention. To address this dilemma, some family planning programs are beginning to recommend using two methods, or “dual-method” use — one for pregnancy prevention and the second for STD prevention.



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