Essential Knowledge

A community health prevention volunteer demonstrates the proper use of condoms to a group of women from the rural community of Tevele, Massinga district, Mozambique. The community of Tevele has formed a Community Health Initiative to address the most significant health issues in their community, including HIV/AIDS. © 2009 Cindi Cohen, Courtesy of PhotoshareThe Essential Knowledge section of the Condom Use Toolkit contains up-to-date, evidence-based information on female and male condoms—the only contraceptive methods that protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Policy makers, program managers, service providers, and other health care professionals can use this information to increase access to condoms.

The Female and Male Condom pages in this section of the Toolkit contain several resources that offer basic information about male and female condoms. These include a summary of key facts about female and male condoms, accompanied by a selection of resources that highlight fundamental facts and essential research on acceptability, effectiveness, usage, and impact of female and male condoms.

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