n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - The use of male condoms amongst female and male third year undergraduate students at a rural university in South Africa : sexual and reproductive health

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


A quantitative study using a cross-sectional survey design was conducted to determine the factors affecting the use of male condoms amongst male and female third year undergraduate students at a rural university in South Africa. A protocol based on several short standardised questionnaires was used. Demographic questions (sex and age) and an open ended question were added to give a more holistic element to the research. Two hundred (200) questionnaires were handed out and one hundred and ten (110) were correctly filled in and returned. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and Thematic Content Analysis (TCA). It was concluded that although knowledge relating to male condom use was good, and the majority of respondents understood how to use one, it did not mean they used male condoms consistently. Qualitative results gleaned from the open-ended question revealed that male condoms are seen as untrustworthy and are viewed as culturally inappropriate as they are not, "out of Africa." Qualitative results also suggest that patriarchal norms affect the use of male condoms.

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