AMONG THE CHANGES pregnancy brings into a couple's life, perhaps one of the most welcome for many has been no more need to use contraceptives during sexual intercourse for awhile. Now comes word from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), Washington, DC, that for some women, use of one type of contraceptive—condoms— should be continued the whole 9 months. The objective is no longer contraception, obviously, but the device's other role——prophylaxis.
In this age of increasing incidence of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and rampant sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the association recently issued two policy statements concerning condom efficacy and use. The target audience is family planning programs and agencies, and the recommendations are spelled out clearly.
The first statement, "On the Effectiveness of Condoms," reiterates that the devices are effective, though not perfect, for preventing both pregnancy and infection. It recommends that "all human service providers assume