Knowledge and practice of condom use as well as perceived barriers among street adolescents in Cameroon

Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine

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Title Knowledge and practice of condom use as well as perceived barriers among street adolescents in Cameroon
Creator Cumber, Samuel Nambile Tsoka-Gwegweni, Joyce M.
Subject Public health; Education Street children; HIV/AIDS; knowledge; attitude; sexual experience; Cameroon
Description Introduction: Street children in Cameroon are adolescents, vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV and/or AIDS. The level of knowledge and practice of condom use among this population is unknown.Objective of the study: To assess the knowledge, practice and barriers to condom use in Cameroon.Materials and methods: The study was an analytical cross-sectional survey conducted in 2015. Questionnaires were administered to street children in a quiet location. Recruitment was made using the snowball technique with the help of peers.Results: More than 90% of participants knew of condoms, but only about 6% reported to have used a condom during their last sexual encounter. Most of the participants did not know that condoms could prevent HIV; only a few (15.5%) knew about this.Conclusion: Street adolescents in Cameroon seem to know about condoms, but have insufficient information on the importance of their regular use. The main barriers for the low practice of condom use reported by this population were the following: condoms hinder sexual pleasure; are costly; and it is embarrassing to buy, use or propose to use a condom.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2016-11-03
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quantitative
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhivmed.v17i1.479
Source Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine; Vol 17, No 1 (2016); 7 pages 2078-6751 1608-9693
Language eng
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Coverage Cameroon; Africa — Street children
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Samuel Nambile Cumber, Joyce M. Tsoka-Gwegweni