Correlates of inconsistent condom use among youth aged 18–24 years in South Africa

  • Witness Chirinda
  • Karl Peltzer

Abstract

This paper examines the correlates of inconsistent condom use with most recent sexual partner among sexually experienced youth (N = 2 138) in South Africa. A cross-sectional population based survey with youth aged 18 to 24 years was conducted in 4 provinces (Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga). More women than men (57.7% vs. 25.8%) reported inconsistent condom use with their most recent partner. Multivariate analysis indicated that for males, not having talked with a partner about condoms in the past 12 months, having 2 or more sexual partners in the past 12 months, having ever had a transactional sex partner and alcohol use before sex in the past 3 months were associated with inconsistent condom use with their most recent sexual partner. In females multivariate analysis showed that lack of self-efficacy, not having talked with a partner about condoms in the past 12 months, having ever had or been subjected to forced sex and hazardous or harmful alcohol use were found to be associated with inconsistent condom use with their most recent sexual partner in multivariate analysis.

Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2014, 26(1): 75–82

Author Biographies

Witness Chirinda
HIV/AIDS/STI and TB (HAST), Human Sciences Research Council, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Karl Peltzer
HIV/AIDS/STI and TB (HAST), Human Sciences Research Council, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001, South Africa; Department of Psychology, University of Limpopo, Turfloop, South Africa; ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand
Published
2014-03-31
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1728-0591
print ISSN: 1728-0583