A Study of Condom Acceptability Among Men in an Urban Population in South India

Thomas, Beena E and Rehman, Fathima and Malaisamy, Muniyandi and Dilip, Meenalochini and Suhadev, Mohanarani and Priyadarsini, Padma and Purushotham, Narendar K and Swaminathan, Soumya (2004) A Study of Condom Acceptability Among Men in an Urban Population in South India. AIDS and Behavior, 8 (2). pp. 215-220. ISSN Print: 1090-7165: Online: 1573-3254

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Abstract

This study examines the acceptability of condoms to men from Chennai, South India. A sample of 150 male respondents who, in the main, had at least one risky sexual experience with a commercial sex worker or multiple partners was interviewed. The respondents included HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals at sexually transmitted disease clinics, college students, and homosexuals. Awareness of condom usage was high, and 83% had used condoms at least once. The reasons for using condoms were protection from disease (43%), protection from AIDS (20%), and partner insistence (25%). Seventy-three percent of the respondents expressed dissatisfaction. Of those who used condoms for the first time, 72% were HIV negative, compared to 34% among those who did not use condoms. This indicates the need for developing the “condom habit,” as using condoms at the first sexual experience is a strong predictor of future condom use.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Condom; condom use; acceptance; satisfaction; high-risk behavior; HIV
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Socio Behavioral
Divisions: Social and Behavioural Research
Depositing User: Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 10:22
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2013 10:35
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/635

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