Understanding the psychosocial correlates of the intention to use condoms among young men in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thabang Manyaapelo*, Anam Nyembezi, Robert A. C. Ruiter, Bart van den Borne, Sibusiso Sifunda, Priscilla Reddy

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South Africa leads the world with the number of people infected with HIV. Even with all attempts that have been made to curb HIV, it is still evident that new infections are on the rise. Condom use remains one of the best tools against this challenge yet a small number of sexually active men use them. This study investigates the psychosocial correlates of the intention to use condoms among young men in KwaZulu-Natal province. Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour as a framework, hierarchical linear regression models were used to determine the unique contribution of the study measures in explaining the overall variance of intention to consistently use condoms. Subjective norms and perceived behavioural control towards consistent condom use explained 46% of the variance in the intention to use a condom, suggesting that health behaviour interventions should focus on targeting the normative beliefs as well as control beliefs of the target population. Furthermore, subjective norms and intentions towards reducing alcohol and marijuana use explained an additional 7% to the final model in intentions to condom use, implying that substance use and condom usage may influence each other. No significant contributions were found for beliefs underlying cultural aspects of responsible manhood.
Original languageEnglish
Article number339
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • condom use
  • risky sex
  • substance use
  • African men
  • theory of planned behaviour
  • responsible manhood

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