|Publication Title :
||PATTERN OF CONDOM USE AMONG PEOPLE LIVING WITH
HIV ATTENDING CLINIC IN A TERTIARY HEALTH
FACILITY SOKOTO NIGERIA
||Kaoje AU , Ibrahim MTO , Njoku CH , Gusau GA , Oche MO , Saad A , Raji MO , Panti AA
||Introduction: HIV infection is a global pandemic. In the
absence of any cure or preventive vaccine, appropriate condom
use has a pivotal role in the effort to prevent its transmission and
spread.The study aimed to determine the pattern of condom use
among People Living with HIV (PLHIV).
Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted
among 400 PLHIV receiving medical care in a health facility. A
two stage sampling method was used to select study respondents
from the sample frame. An interviewer administered closedended
questionnaire was used to collectdata from the
respondents.An ethical approval was granted for the conduct of
the study and individual informed consent was obtained from
the respondents before the questionnaire was administered.
Results: The mean age of the respondents was 34.5±0.4 years.
Fifty seven percent of the respondentswere sexually active
within the past six months. Among the sexually active,
68.7%reported consistent use of condom while 31.3%were
inconsistent/non-user. Ethnicity,religion and educational level
were respondents socio-demographic characteristics found to
be associated with condom use as well asrespondents' and their
partners' desire for children. Respondents' desire for children
was the key factor influencing condom use among the
Conclusion: Many PLHIV, are sexually active of which
significant proportion were inconsistent with condom use. This
group can equally benefit from services that prevent vertical
transmission of the infection as well as achieving the
reproductive health desires.