Condom use among antiretroviral therapy naive people living with HIV at a tertiary health care hospital in Lagos, Nigeria: Implication for prevention of new infections

  • TM Balogun
  • B Awofala
  • IC Iredu
  • AO Ajayi
  • M Ohakwere
Keywords: condom use, people, HIV, prevention, Nigeria

Abstract

Background: The consistent use of male latex condom significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection among men and women.
Objective: This study was designed to assess the prevalence and pattern of male and female condom use among antiretroviral therapy naïve people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Lagos, Nigeria.
Methods: This was a cross -sectional descriptive study. Interviewer administered questionnaires were used to collect demographic data of age, gender, marital status, rate, pattern of and reasons for not using condoms among PLHIV.
Results: Four hundred and forty three respondents were interviewed with age range from 14 to 75 years and a mean of 35±9 years. There were 175 (39.5%) males and 268 (60.5%) females in the study. Overall, 71 (16.0%) of respondents used condom consistently. Only 55 (12.4%) of the respondents were aware of female condom while 9 (2%) used it.
Conclusion: This study reveals that there is a low consistent use of male condoms and a very low awareness and use of female condoms among studied PLHIV.

Key words: condom use, people, HIV, prevention,Nigeria

Published
2015-02-13
Section
Articles

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