Promoting sexual health: practical guidance on male condom use
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Promoting sexual health: practical guidance on male condom use

Jason Flannigan Lecturer, Sexual and reproductive health, Department of Midwifery Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire

Condoms are the only form of contraception that, when used correctly, can reduce the risk of pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted infections. This article outlines strategies for promoting correct male condom use. The availability, variety and history of condoms are explored. Possible reasons for people not wanting to use condoms are examined and advantages of condom use are provided. The author suggests ways in which healthcare workers can promote condom use and improve the experience and efficacy of this contraceptive device.

Correspondence jwflannigan@uclan.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 21, 19,51-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.01.21.19.51.c4508

Published in print: 17 January 2007

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