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Condom use at last sexual relationship among adolescents of Santiago Island, Cape Verde, - West Africa

Carlos Mendes Tavares1, Néia Schor2*, Vitor E Valenti3, Paula Yuri Sugishita Kanikadan4 and Luiz Carlos de Abreu2

Author Affiliations

1 Universidade da Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira, Setor de Estudo: Gestão da Informação no Setor Público e Métodos Quantitativos, Av. Universidade, 2995, Fortaleza, CE, 60020-181, Brasil

2 Department of Mother and Child Health, School of Public Health – University of São Paulo, Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 715, São Paulo, SP 01246-904, Brazil

3 Department of Speak and Hearing Pathology. Faculty of Phylosofy and Sciences, Paulista State University, UNESP, A. Hygino Muzzi Filho, 737, Marília, SP 17525-900, Brazil

4 Researcher collaborator at Emílio Ribas Public Health Museum, Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 715, São Paulo, SP 01246-904, Brazil

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Reproductive Health 2012, 9:29  doi:10.1186/1742-4755-9-29

Published: 15 November 2012

Abstract

Objective

To estimate factors associated with condom use at last sexual intercourse among adolescents.

Methods

Cross-sectional study of a representative sample of 368 sexually active adolescents aged 13–17 years from eight public high schools on Santiago Island, Cape Verde, 2007. The level of significance was 5.0% obtained from logistic regression, considering the association between condom use and socio-demographic, sexual and reproductive variables.

Results

The prevalence of condom use at last sexual intercourse was 94.9%. Factors associated with condom use at last sexual relationship were: non-Catholic religion (OR=0.68, 95%CI: 0.52; 0.88) and affective-sexual partnership before the interview (OR=5.15, 95%CI: 1.79; 14.80).

Conclusions

There was a high prevalence of condom use at last sexual intercourse of adolescents.

Keywords:
Adolescent health; Condom; Condom use; Sexual and reproductive health; Cape Verde; West Africa