Condom gap in Africa is wider than study suggests

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7318.937/a (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:937
  1. Landon Myer, senior scientist (landon.myer@mrc.ac.za),
  2. Catherine Mathews, senior scientist,
  3. Francesca Little, lecturer
  1. HIV Vaccine and Prevention Unit, South African Medical Research Council, PO Box 198, Mtubatuba 3935, South Africa
  2. Health Systems Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
  3. Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa

    EDITOR—Shelton and Johnston's short report on the unmet need for condoms in sub-Saharan Africa reminds us of how far we are from meeting the urgent demand for the simplest and least expensive method of preventing HIV infection.1 Our recent research in South Africa suggests that their calculations are substantial underestimates.

    In a cohort study of people procuring public sector condoms from health facilities across South Africa2 participants …

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