Female condom use for men who have sex with men


Key take-home messages
  • Men who have sex with men who have used a female condom often complain of irritation, bunching up, unpleasant texture, noise, discomfort upon insertion, lack of pleasure, slippage, breakage and relatively high cost.
  • Men who have sex with men have also cited increased sensitivity and flexibility, spontaneity and ease of use, increased comfort, and the perception that they were stronger and safer as reasons for using a female condom.
  • Further work is needed to modify the design of the female condom to optimize it for anal sex and to identify its efficacy for HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention among men who have sex with men.


The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service




  • Population(s)
    • Men who have sex with men
  • Prevention
    • Sexual risk behaviour
    • Biomedical interventions


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