AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 20, Issue 12, pp 2845–2849 | Cite as

Assessing and Mapping the Availability of the Female Condom in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

  • Courtenay CavanaughEmail author
  • Kaci Mial
  • David Tulloch
Brief Report


This study assessed and mapped the availability of the female condom in relation to the male condom and HIV prevalence in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, which has a high density of HIV. One percent of the 1228 service providers contacted sold/provided the female condom and 77 % sold/provided the male condom. The lack of availability of the female condom suggests this product will have no public health impact on reducing HIV and that interventions that promote use of the female condom are not sustainable in this high-risk area. Our findings may help policy makers increase female condom availability in this area.


Condom Mapping Geographic information systems HIV Availability 


Este estudio midió y elaboró mapas sobre la disponsibilidad del condón femenino en relación al condón masculino y el predomínio del VIH en el área metropolitana de Philadelphia, la cual tiene una densidad alta de VIH. De los 1228 proveedores de servicios contactados en este estudio, solo el 1 % vendió/proveyó el condón femenino y 77 % vendió/proveyó el condón masculino. La falta de disponsibilidad del condón femenino sugiere que este producto no va a tener un impacto en términos de salud pública en la reducción del VIH, y las intervenciones que promueven el uso del condón femenino no son sostenibles en esta área de alto riesgo. Nuestras conclusiones pueden ayudar a los legisladores a aumentar la disponsibilidad del condón femenino en esta área.



This study was supported by competitive grant funding from the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-Pim) for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior (P30-DA027828) awarded to Courtenay Cavanaugh. We would like to thank Nicole Podwats, Brenna Stone, Mara Jeffries, and Nina Murphy for their assistance with this data collection. We would also like to thank Juan Villamar and Carlos Gallo for their assistance with translating the study abstract into Spanish. This study was presented at the 2015 Society for Prevention Research Conference in Washington, DC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRutgers UniversityCamdenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Landscape ArchitectureRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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