Author(s): Adebiyi AO, Asuzu MC
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Reported low condom use amongst out of school requires studying the context in which condom use occurs. METHODS: A cross sectional study of 350 out-of-school youth aged 15-24 years in a local government area of Nigeria was enrolled using cluster sampling. RESULTS: Those who had ever had sexual intercourse were 74.9\%. Of these, 56.5\% used no protection while 29.0\% used condoms. Up to 78.6\% have had sex within the preceding 12 months with 38.9\% condom use. The commonest reason for non-condom use was that it reduces sexual enjoyment. Those who believed a single unprotected sexual exposure may result in HIV infection reported more condom use than those who believed otherwise (42\% vs 27.2\%, P<0.05). Those who had prior discussion with their partners on HIV/AIDS reported more condom use compared to those who had not (50\% vs 25\%, P<0.05). Also, those who had sexual intercourse occurring as a spontaneous event reported less condom use compared to those who have previously discussed about the possibility of having sex (68.0\% vs 51.8\%, P<0.05). CONCLUSION: Condom use is likely to occur within relationships where opportunity exists for discussion on sexual matters. Thus, further studies are needed on communication and condom use within sexual partnerships.
This article was published in Afr Health Sci
and referenced in Arts and Social Sciences Journal