Feasibility and use of school-based condom availability programs in Tijuana, Mexico

Jennifer A. Zellner, Ana P. Martinez-Donate, Melbourne F. Hovell, Carol L. Sipan, Elaine J. Blumberg, Claudia M. Carrizosa, Liza Rovniak

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Abstract

Condom availability programs (CAPs) may increase access to condoms and contribute to increased condom use among youth. This study describes the characteristics, degree of satisfaction, and gender differences among users of a CAP implemented in two high schools in Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico). A kiosk distributing free male condoms was set up in two high schools in Tijuana. Kiosk users (N=570) were more likely to be male, young, and/or enrolled in a lower SES school. Most kiosk users were either sexually active or planning to have sex. Females were less likely to request condoms and to continue using the kiosk, but more likely to request information on other contraceptive methods. Results demonstrate the feasibility of implementing CAPs in Mexican schools and suggest that these programs can improve adolescents' condom access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-657
Number of pages9
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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