Exploring Determinants of Condom Use among University Students in Sudan

Husameddin Farouk Eishiekh*, Ciska Hoving, Hein de Vries

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Abstract

Increasing numbers of university students in Sudan are at risk of contracting HIV because of their engagement in condomless sex. A comprehensive and culturally accepted condom promotion program could potentially reduce this threat substantially. However, little is known about the sociocognitive determinants of condom use in this population: information that is required to develop such HIV prevention programs. Therefore, in August 2014, we conducted 30 semi-structured individual interviews with male and female students (both currently sexually active and nonactive) to explore determinants of condom use based on the I-Change model. Data were analyzed using Nvivo 10. The results suggest that barriers to condom use among university students include misconceptions about condom use, negative attitudes toward condom use, lack of social support, low self-efficacy to use condoms, and poor action planning. Sexual health promotion should, therefore, address these aspects to successfully promote condom use among sexually active students and subsequently reduce the risk of HIV transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1379-1391
Number of pages13
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Sudan
  • HIV
  • Condom use
  • University students
  • I-Change Model
  • FEMALE SEX WORKERS
  • USE SELF-EFFICACY
  • QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
  • RISK BEHAVIORS
  • YOUNG-PEOPLE
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • YOUTH
  • COMMUNICATION
  • ASSOCIATION

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