Male contraception and AIDS prevention. The need for involvement by Kansas physicians

Brown, M.

Kansas medicine the journal of the Kansas Medical Society 88(6): 193-194

1987


ISSN/ISBN: 8755-0059
PMID: 3613382
Document Number: 366151
Physicians in Kansas can make use of their professional authority and personal credibility to assist in educating males about choosing the best contraception and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prophylactic methods and using these methods effectively. Research results strongly suggest that condoms and the spermicidal nonoxynol-9 independently prevent the spread of AIDS and also protect against many major and minor sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Physicians can encourage couples to use both a spermicidal condom and vaginal foam containing nonoxynol-9, thereby increasing the condom's protection and reinforcing STD prevention. Approaches that physicians may use to help increase the use of appropriate reversible contraception and STD prophylaxis by heterosexually active males include the following: arranging for showing appropriate posters, brochures, and other educational materials; and encouraging pharmacists to actively promote public awareness of the contraception and AIDS-prophylaxis efficacy of various combinations of abstinence, condoms, spermicides containing nonoxynol-9, and condoms prelubricated with a spermicide containing nonoxynol-9.

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