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The awareness and use of the female condom among women at low and high risk for sexually transmitted infections in Ankara, Turkey
Deniz Çalışkan 1, Bülent Hayri Sakızlıgil 2, Mine Esin Ocaktan 1
1 - Ankara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Halk Sağlığı AD, Ankara, Türkiye
2 - Ankara Büyükşehir Belediyesi Deri ve Zührevi Hastalıklar Hastanesi, Ankara, Türkiye
Dicle Med J 2012; 39(1):9-15
ICID: 986795
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the
levels of awareness on female condom use in Ankara
among women having low and high risk for sexually transmitted
infections.
Materials and methods: This descriptive study was performed
between 1 March 2007 and 1 May 2007. High risk
group for sexually transmitted infections were sex workers
that presented to the Hospital of Venereal Disease
(n=186), and the low-risk group was women that applied
to a family planning outpatient clinic (n=190). Totally, 376
women completed a questionnaire administered face-toface.
Obtained data were analyzed statistically.
Results: The mean age was 40.04±9.33 years, the mean
duration of work was 12.32±7.36 year, 42.5% of women
had sexually transmitted infections any time of life, mean
number of intercourses was 12.30±6.66 per day; 59.8%
currently used oral contraceptive, 30.6% male condom,
5.5% tube ligation, 61.3% of women were familiar about
female condom, only eight women (4.3%) used in high
risk groups. The mean of age of low-risk women was
32.23±8.18 year, 5.8 of women worked out of home,
50.5% of women were graduated primary school, 2.1%
of women had sexually transmitted infections any time
in life, currently used contraceptives were 29.2% male
condom, 28.7% withdrawal, 25.3% intra uterine devices,
18.9% of women were familiar about female condom. In
all, 69.4% of the high-risk group and 30.5% of the low risk
groups’ women reported that they would use the female
condom if counseling concerning its use were provided.
Conclusion: Female condom awareness was very low
among the studied women. However, if they receive
counseling, a half of women can use female condoms.

ICID 986795
 
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