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October 22, 2001
Volunteers wanted for female condom study
  
Toronto Public Health is looking for 200 volunteers to participate in a
research study on women's experiences with the female condom.

Each year in Toronto about 20,000 women have an unplanned pregnancy and 5,000
women are infected with sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The
female condom is one option for STD and pregnancy prevention.

"We want to determine if the female condom works for women and their partners,
and if it provides women with a greater amount of control in disease and
pregnancy prevention," said Liz Janzen, Regional Director, Toronto Public
Health.

Study participants must be between the ages of 19-45, sexually active with a
male partner and willing to learn about the female condom. Participants will be
required to attend an education and counselling session on using the female
condom, complete a questionnaire, use condoms for sex and return for follow-up
visits. Volunteers will receive $25 per visit.

If interested in participating in the study, please call 416-527-3527.

For information on the female condom, visit: www.city.toronto.on.ca/health
.


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