Cost as a barrier to condom use

The evidence for condom subsidies in the United States

Deborah Cohen, Richard Scribner, Roger Bedimo, Thomas A. Farley

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-568
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume89
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1999

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Cost as a barrier to condom use : The evidence for condom subsidies in the United States. / Cohen, Deborah; Scribner, Richard; Bedimo, Roger; Farley, Thomas A.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 89, No. 4, 04.1999, p. 567-568.

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Cohen, Deborah ; Scribner, Richard ; Bedimo, Roger ; Farley, Thomas A. / Cost as a barrier to condom use : The evidence for condom subsidies in the United States. In: American Journal of Public Health. 1999 ; Vol. 89, No. 4. pp. 567-568.
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