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Condom use before marriage and its correlates: evidence from India.
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PMID:  22227624     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
CONTEXT: Little evidence is available from India concerning young people's use of condoms in premarital relationships.
METHODS: Data from a subnationally representative study of Indian youth conducted in 2006-2008 were used to assess condom use in premarital relationships. Analyses used survey data from 2,408 married or unmarried youth aged 15-24 who had had premarital sex, and qualitative data from 271 such youth who completed in-depth interviews. Logistic regression was used to identify characteristics associated with four measures of condom use (ever-use, consistent use, use at first sex and use at last sex).
RESULTS: Only 7% of young women and 27% of young men who had had premarital sex had ever used condoms. Among both sexes, discomfort with approaching a provider or pharmacist for condoms was inversely correlated with most measures of condom use (odds ratios, 0.5), while having peers who had had premarital sex was generally positively correlated (1.6-2.9). Females who had had premarital sex only with nonromantic partners were less likely than those with only romantic partners to have used a condom at last sex (0.2), while males were generally more likely to use condoms with nonromantic than romantic partners (1.5-1.6). Among men, education level, age at sexual initiation and neighborhood economic status were positively associated with use.
CONCLUSION: Programs that encourage condom use are needed. Service delivery structures should be modified to enable youth to obtain condoms easily and privately.
K G Santhya; Rajib Acharya; Shireen J Jejeebhoy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International perspectives on sexual and reproductive health     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1944-0405     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101504990     Medline TA:  Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  170-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Associate, Population Council, New Delhi,
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