An Intervention Study Examining the Effects of Condom Wrapper Graphics and Scent on Condom Use in the Botswana Defence Force
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Free condoms provided by the government are often not used by Botswana Defence Force BDF personnel due to a perceived unpleasant scent and unattractive wrapper. Formative work with the BDF found that scented condoms and military-inspired camouflage wrapper graphics were appealing to personnel. A non-randomized intervention study was implemented to determine whether condom wrapper graphics and scent improved condom use in the BDF. Four military sites were selected for participation. Two sites in the south received the intervention condom wrapped in a generic wrapper and two sites in the north received the intervention condom wrapped in a military-inspired wrapper intervention condoms were either scented or unscented. Two hundred and eleven male soldiers who ever had sex, aged 18 30 years, and stationed at one of the selected sites consented to participate. Sexual activity and condom use were measured pre- and post-intervention using sexual behavior diaries. A condom use rate CUR frequency of protected sex divided by the total frequency of sex was computed for each participant. Mean CURs significantly increased over time 85.7 baseline vs. 94.5 post-intervention. Adjusted odds of condom use over time were higher among participants who received the intervention condom packaged in the military wrapper compared with the generic wrapper. Adjusted odds of condom use were also higher for participants who reported using scented vs. unscented condoms. Providing scented condoms and condoms packaged in a miltiary-inspired wrapper may help increase condom use and reduce HIV infection among military personnel.
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