Patterns and correlates of condom use among unmarried male youths in Nigeria: NDHS 2008

Type Journal Article - African journal of reproductive health
Title Patterns and correlates of condom use among unmarried male youths in Nigeria: NDHS 2008
Volume 17
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 149-159
The HIV/STDs constitute public health problem. Condom use during sexual intercourse has been proved to be a good means of
protection against HIV/STDs. Unmarried male youths which constitute a high proportion of Nigerians will be at risk of
HIV/STDs if they fail to use condom. Reducing HIV/STDs in Nigeria will be difficult if research on condom use among youths
is neglected. This retrospective cross-sectional design study utilized 2008 NDHS dataset. It focused on unmarried male youths
aged 15-24 (n=1575) who ever had sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral and anal). The dependent variables were ever used and
current use of condom. Data was analyzed using Chi-square and logistic regression (a=5.0%). Mean age of the respondent was
20.5±2.4, 62.0% ever used condom and 49.5% currently using condom. Among the sexually active; age, region, residence,
education, wealth index, ever undergone HIV test and total life-time number of sexual partners were significantly associated with
current use of condom. Living in the southern regions of Nigeria promotes the use of condom. The odds of ever use of condom
was higher among male youths who were in the middle (OR=2.36; C.I=1.48-3.78), richer (OR=2.93; C.I=1.81-4.72) and richest
(OR=3.52; C.I=2.07-6.00) wealth quintiles than the poorest. Ever undergone HIV test increased the likelihood of using condom.
Condom use among unmarried male youths in Nigeria is low. Distribution of condom at no cost and undergoing HIV test will
increase utilization of condom among unmarried male youths in Nigeria.

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