Author(s): Cohen D, Scribner R, Bedimo R, Farley TA
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the impact of price on condom use. METHODS: A program based on distribution of condoms at no charge was replaced with one providing low-cost condoms (25 cents). Pretest and posttest surveys asked about condom use among persons reporting 2 or more sex partners. RESULTS: At pretest, 57\% of respondents had obtained free condoms, and 77\% had used a condom during their most recent sexual encounter. When the price was raised to 25 cents, the respective percentages decreased to 30\% and 64\%. CONCLUSIONS: Cost is a barrier to condom use. Free condoms should be distributed to encourage their use by persons at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
This article was published in Am J Public Health
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals