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Failure of many United States Department of Health Web sites to provide accurate information about the female condom

  • Christina Ventura-DiPersia
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    Corresponding author.
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    Doctor of Public Health Program, The Graduate Center, City University of New York School of Public Health, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

    New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, Valhalla, NY 10595
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  • Kristina Rodriguez
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    Doctor of Public Health Program, The Graduate Center, City University of New York School of Public Health, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
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  • Elizabeth A. Kelvin
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    Doctor of Public Health Program, The Graduate Center, City University of New York School of Public Health, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, School of Urban Public Health, Hunter College & CUNY School of Public Health, City University of New York, 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035

    HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 15, New York, NY 10032, USA
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      Abstract

      Uptake of the female condom (FC) in the United States has historically been low; inadequate promotion may be one barrier faced by potential users. We performed a content analysis of state and municipal health department Web sites to describe how the FC is being promoted for pregnancy and disease prevention. We found that only a slim majority (60.8%) of health department Web sites mention the FC at all and those that do include numerous inaccuracies in their messaging. These inaccuracies may discourage uptake of the FC or have a detrimental impact on the experience when using the product for the first time.

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