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Table 4 Provision of free condoms

From: Barriers to the dissemination of four harm reduction strategies: a survey of addiction treatment providers in Ontario

Item N %
Agencies that offer them (n = 40) 27 67.5
Agencies that have considered it (n = 40) 4 10.0
Considered, but not implemented because (n = 5 respondents)   
   resistance from the staff 1 20.0
   resistance from the Board 1 20.0
   felt it was inappropriate for clientele 1 20.0
   it contravenes agency policy/philosophy 1 20.0
   Don't know 1 20.0
   Other 2 40.0
Agencies that do provide free condoms (n = 21 respondents)   
Intra-agency obstacles   
   None 5 23.8
   staff resistance 3 14.3
   resistance from the Board 2 9.5
   concerns about negative community reactions 2 9.5
   Lack of funding 3 14.3
   Other 10 47.6
Extra-agency obstacles   
   None 5 23.8
   community resistance 14 66.7
   Don't know 1 4.8
   Other 3 14.3
Expected benefits   
   reduction in STDs/AIDS 17 81.0
   reduction in unwanted pregnancy 10 47.6
   opportunity to provide information/education 6 28.6
   Other 3 14.3
For agencies that offer free condoms (n = 46)   
Reasons for offering them   
   to reduce HIV/STDs 27 58.7
   to reduce unwanted pregnancy 9 19.6
   to provide information/education 7 15.2
   funding was made available 2 4.3
   urged to do so by the Ministry of Health/other agencies 3 6.5
   Don't know 7 15.2
   Other 20 43.5
Resistance encountered   
   None 34 73.9
   From the staff 3 6.5
   From the community 5 10.9
   From other agencies 1 2.2
   Don't know 2 4.5
   Other 2 4.5
How was it dealt with? (n = 11)   
   ignored it 1 9.1
   gave people time to accept it 2 18.2
   through education/information 4 36.4
   Other 2 18.2