Knowledge about Condoms among Adolescents in Kathmandu Valley

Jha, S. M.; Chaurasia, R.; Jha, B.
January 2010
Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society;2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p18
Academic Journal
Introduction: The issues of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remain the leading cause of ill health among adolescents worldwide and are of growing concern in Nepal. The correct knowledge of condoms is integral part of SRH. The present study was carried out to assess and compare the knowledge about condoms among adolescents in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal. Aim: To study, assess and compare the knowledge about condoms among adolescents in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal. Methods: The study was a cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey. The sample was derived through cluster sampling of the secondary schools in the Kathmandu valley. Schools were selected randomly and two hundred and fifty adolescents were taken from each government and non-government high schools. Result: Altogether 500 adolescents were recruited for this study. A total of 298 (53.0%) participants said that condoms reduced pleasure. Most women don't like to use condoms was agreed by 291 (55.6%) people and it was statistically significant (p value < 0.05) when compared between males and females. Using condoms with new partner is a good idea was agreed upon by 448 (81.0%) participants. Women should ask their partners to use condoms was answered by 480 (88.1%) and discussing condom use with prospective partner is easy was agreed by 417(79.0%) and both the issues were also statistically significant (p value < 0.05). Conclusion: It was found that the knowledge about condoms was not adequate and the knowledge among male participants was in general better than females.


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