Relationship between knowledge of proper condom use among students of Kirinyaga University
International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research
Proper and consistent condom use has been proved to decreases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) transmission and unintended pregnancy to almost 100%, however Condom use remain low among youths and Statistics shows that the number of abortions is high .It is estimated that Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya have recorded 2.4 million abortion cases in 2016. In Kenya, Kirinyaga University has embarked on health education and supply of condoms to its students as an intervention to reduce
... and unwanted pregnancies. Despite this intervention the students continually contracted STIs and unwanted pregnancies leading to abortions and high use of emergency contraceptives according to the institution's clinic medical report, 2015/2016.The study targeted 132 respondents. From the study, 109 respondents filled-in and returned the questionnaires making a response rate of 82.7%. The study noted the following 95.4% of the respondents indicated condoms have an expiry date, 93.6% knew condom offer protection against HIV/ AIDs and pregnancy, condoms are free and available in University and public health facility, 56% had attended a seminar on condom use, 75.2% indicated that condom size is fit for use for all people and condom should be stored in a cool place. Majority 85.3% of the respondents indicated that condom should not be reused. Over three quarters 80.7% of the respondents indicated that they had information on how to use condom where 33% got information on condom use from social media, 19(17.4%) from TV, radio and newspapers. Further, the findings showed that 15.6% of the respondents obtained information on condom use from seminars, 13.8% from churches and mosque 12.8% from social studies, 7.3% from parents and guardian. The findings shows respondents had adequate knowledge on condom use but failed to use condoms consistently due to several reasons more important one being unplanned sex. The study focused relationship between knowledge of proper condom use and use behavior among students of Kirinyaga University only, thus the same study should be done in other universities and in the rest of 47 Counties to enable generalization of results.