Source: Hanenberg et al, 1994.
At the public health level, promoting the consistent and correct
use of condoms can dramatically reduce the incidence of STDs.
This can be most effective when government programs require
condom use by core transmitters.
For instance, sex workers in Thailand reported an increase
in condom use from 14 percent to 94 percent between 1989 and
1993. This was achieved through a 100 Percent Condom Program,
instituted by the government that required condom use with every
act of sexual intercourse in all sex establishments in the country.
Sanctions and fines were imposed on establishments that did
not comply. During this period, the combined number of cases
of gonorrhea and chancroid in men visiting government hospitals
declined by approximately 85 percent. Syphilis declined by 68