Perception of undergraduates of University of Port Harcourt towards use of condom
Background: Unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection especially human immunodeficiency virus pose major challenges to the reproductive health of young adults in developing countries. Appropriate use of contraceptives such as condom may play a significant role in reducing the problems.
Aim: To assess the perception of undergraduates in University of Port Harcourt towards the use of condom.
Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey on the knowledge and use of condom among undergraduates of University of Port Harcourt. A systematic random sampling method was employed. Data collected was analyzed using SPSS version 11.
Results: Of the 601 respondents involved in the study, 319 (53.1%) were males and 282 (46.9%) were females. While 98.9% respondents displayed high level of knowledge of condoms,
only 59.3% of respondents use condoms. Similarly electronic media and peer group provided the major sources of information about condom. Unmarried people use the condom more than married ones. (p= 0.001).
The main reasons for condom use for all age groups were prevention of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI).While most unmarried respondents purchased their condoms from patent medicine stores and pharmacy, the married ones procured theirs from clinics and hospitals.
Conclusion: The perception of these undergraduates towards use of condom is good. Prevention of STI and unwanted pregnancies were the major reasons for condom use among them while peer group and electronic media were important sources of information.
Keywords: Perception, Undergraduates, University, Port Harcourt, Condom