Sep 25, 2012

Condom Usage Remains Low in Uganda

AUTHOR:Irin NewsSOURCE:Irin News

The Ugandan government has relied on the 'ABC' formula (abstinence, being faithful, condom usage) to control and reduce new HIV infections. Unfortunately, prevalence rates have increased from 6.4 % to 7.3 % during the last 5 years alarming health officials. More than a third of women and more than 50% of men between the ages of 20 and 24 reported using a condom during the last sexual intercourse. Men and women who had two or more partners the uasge rates were even lower. It appears that 'ABC' model is not working and greater efforts must be made by all sectors, particluarly the education (schools), local communities and health officials. Apparently, there is a greater fear of becoming pregnant which has led to an increased use of contraceptive pills (morning after). Life for Mothers in its recent pilot study (preliminary findings) found similar disturbing statistics. Specifically, condom usage and contracective counsling was significantly lower for all women of reproductive age (34%) and only 23% for young women (14-24) of reproductive age, 23% for never pregnant and ironically, the highest usage for women who had already been pregnant was 44%. Overall, usage of condoms for was 50%. To read the entire article please click here: http://www.plusnews.org/Report/96359/UGANDA-Condom-use-infrequent-despite-rising-HIV-rates
For additional information regarding the preliminary findings of the pilot study please click to see the table:
Preliminary Findings

In percent

 *p < .05

**p < .01

***p < .001

Cohort

Condom Usage

HIV Testing

HIV Positivity

Contraception Counseling

Pap Smear Rates

ANC/PNC Visits

ITNs Usage

WRA

34%

65%

6.1%

41%

6.5%

61%

54%

Ever Been Pregnant WRA

44

82

8.1

**54

9.0

87

61

Never Been Pregnant WRA

12

30

1.5

**14

1.1

N/A

37

Young WRA (14-24)

23

42

2.3

19

***2.3

28

43

Husbands/

Partners

*51

49

Reporting Error

30

N/A

34

48

 


Did you know?

In Africa and South Asia, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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