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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 140  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 152-156

Acceptability of male condom: An Indian scenario


Department of Biostatistics, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (ICMR), Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Balaiah Donta
Scientist G, Department of Biostatistics, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, J.M. Street, Parel, Mumbai 400 012, Maharashtra
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The National Family Planning Programme of India had introduced condom as one of the family planning methods in the late1960s. Condom was promoted as a family planning method through social marketing since its inception. With the increasing prevalence and incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS, condom was also promoted as a dual method for protection against both unintended pregnancies as well as sexually transmitted infections. Despite efforts at various levels, the overall use of condom among couples in India is low. Here we present literature review of studies to understand the condom acceptability among couples in India. Specifically, the paper assesses research and programmes that have been carried out to increase the use of condom among couples; determinants of condom use; reason for not using condom; and perception versus experience of condom failure. The reported problems related to condom use included non acceptance by partner, perceived ineffectiveness, less comfort, lack of sexual satisfaction, husband's alcohol use, depression, and anxiety, and not available at that instant. The role of media in the promotion of condom use was indicated as an important way to increase awareness and use. Multiple strategies would help in acceptance of male condom.


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