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    068659

    Acceptability of a stronger condom. Final report.

    Cordero M; Abdou Tounkara M; Bratt J; Steiner M; Joanis C

    Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Family Health International [FHI], 1989 Nov. [2], 4, [8] p.

    Under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Family Health International compared 2 brands of condoms for acceptability in Mali, Sri Lanka, and the Dominican Republic. Lifestyle 3, 3.4 mils thick, was compared with Prime, 2.6 mils, to determine whether the thicker of the 2 could be potentially distributed by USAID in developing countries. 65 current condom users, sexually active, and free of STDs for the past year were provided with the Lifestyle 3 condoms, informed that they were thicker, and then interviewed after 1 month of use. 8 condoms were given to each user in the Dominican Republic, and 15 for each in Sri Lanka and Mali. No study data was available for Sri Lanka due to political unrest. Lifestyle 3 was, however, well-accepted in Mali and the Dominican Republic, with additional strength and security cited as extremely desirable factors by over 1/2 of the study participants. Greater protection against both pregnancy and AIDS was considered important. Almost all who were interested in buying the stronger condoms said that they would pay more for them. Lifestyle 3 condoms were also reported to be more comfortable with sensitivity comparable to Prime. The breakage rate for the stronger condom was 1:143, comparable to Consumer Report's March, 1989, study results of 1:140. The Lifestyle 3's labelless silver foil packaging was also found to be overwhelmingly preferred to the standard plastic packaging of other brands. Addition studies of both breakage rates and consumer preference for condom packaging are encouraged. Limited market introduction of Lifestyle 3 is also suggested.
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