Condom use and associated variables in a university population
LE3 .A278 2011
Master of Science
Although condom use can reduce the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections and unwanted pregnancies, not all people who should use condoms properly and consistently do so. Mixed results of interventions designed to increase condom use suggest a better understanding of associated variables is needed. This study assessed which of several interpersonal, intrapersonal and knowledge/belief variables are associated with condom use/changes in condom use. Additionally, it considered variables in previously unexamined combinations. Participants contributed data in online surveys once weekly for five weeks. The final usable sample of 182 participants consisted of 84 consistent condom non-users, 71 consistent condom users and 27 inconsistent condom users. Condom use intentions, condom use self-efficacy, and perceived trust heuristics were all higher among consistent condom users than consistent condom non-users. Condom use was more likely among participants who had non-exclusive partners, who had never had an STI, and who had not used alternate methods of contraception. Inconsistent condom use was not associated with significant changes in partner trust, affect or condom use intentions. These data support previous literature and provide useful public health information.
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