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Goals

Section 1
Section 2

- Objectives
- Prevention
- Education
- Assessing
- Skills Training
- Behavioral
- Couples
- Peer Groups
- Contraceptive
- Dual Method
- Alternative
- Male Condom
- Negotiating
> Reaching
- Correct Use
- Promotion
- Female
- Correct Use
- Resource
- Resource
- Summary

Section 3

Summary

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Section 2 - STD Prevention

Consistent Use: Reaching Men

Group of men learning about condom use
  • Research found that targeting men led
    to increased condom use with wives

  • Advantages to men
    • partner protected from
      pregnancy
    • self and partner protected
      from STDs
    • condoms have no side effects
      and do not require clinic visit

Source: Meekers, 1997.
Photo: FHI
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Reaching men directly is essential if condoms are to be used consistently. Consistent use means condoms are used during every act of sexual intercourse. Social marketing campaigns that have targeted men with condom promotion have succeeded in making condom use more consistent. For example, in the gold mining area of South Africa, men who work and live for months away from home were targeted in a two-year HIV intervention project that focused on condom promotion and behavioral change. After the intervention, men who used condoms during the most recent sex act with their wives increased from 18 percent in 1995 to 26 percent.

Stressing the method’s benefits can help persuade men to use condoms consistently. The condom protects a man’s partner from pregnancy. It also protects the man and his partner from STDs. It is not a permanent method, has virtually no side effects, and does not require visits to a clinic.

 

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