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“I think it’s safer, then you don’t have to worry about getting a disease or anything”: A QUALITATIVE STUDY EXPLORING THE PERCEPTION OF SWEDISH YOUTH ON THE USE OF CONDOMS IN PREVENTING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH).
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Youth (15-24) have the highest prevalence of sexual transmitted infections (STI) among all the age groups and this has been attributed to high sexual risk behaviour and low condom use in this group. The use of condoms by youth is negotiated through a complex array of personal and social factors.

Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the perceptions of Swedish youth on the factors that affect their use of condoms to protect against STI. 

Methodology: The data collection was done over a period of 3 months using semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions (FGD) and the collected data was analysed with thematic analysis.

Findings: Participants perceived that different factors across intimate social circle, community and access to condoms influence the use of condoms by youth in Sweden. The lack of information from the media, embarrassment as a barrier to obtaining condoms and the influence of parents on condom use were prominent findings.

Conclusion: Efforts to improve condom use by youth will benefit from exploring the different factors that inform youth’s perceptions on condom use. Opportunities for improvement identified in this study include the installation of condom vending machines, promoting condom use through the mass media and parents discussing condoms with their children. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
condoms, Sexually transmitted infections, youth, sexual health, qualitative study
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300148DiVA: diva2:950878
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Master Programme in International Health
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Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2016-08-03 Last updated: 2016-09-02Bibliographically approved

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