oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Factors affecting condom use in an urban adult community of the Northern Province, South Africa



The aim of the study is to investigate factors affecting condom use among an urban adult community in the Northern Province, South Africa. A cross-sectional face-to-face interview by questionnaire was conducted with participants chosen by cluster and at random. The sample consisted of 98 participants, 40 female and 58 male, from 18 to 45 years. Results indicate that about 90 percent had a sexual encounter within the last three months. More than one third (35.9 percent) of the sample reported never using condoms, 27.5 percent always, 16.7 percent regularly and 20 percent irregularly in the last three months. There was a significant relationship between AIDS Health Beliefs (sub-scale perceived benefits) and condom use intention but not with current condom use. Self-efficacy of condom use was significantly related to condom use. Findings are discussed indicating that the development of an educational or intervention programme should in particular include self-efficacy areas such as impulse control, partner resistance, SID thoughts and condom discussion.


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