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Condom-related beliefs among Turkish university students

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Young people are at a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). However, their rate of condom use is low. The purpose of the study is to investigate health beliefs affecting condom use among Turkish university students. A cross-sectional survey was conducted from June to September of 2007. Two hundred and fifty-four (254) university students were interviewed using a questionnaire. A logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with condom use. Sixteen (16) percent of the females and 67 percent of the males used condoms during their last sexual intercourse. Failure to use a condom was related to a perceived reduction in sexual satisfaction [OR = 5.46 (1.69 – 17.60)] and financial limitations [OR = 2.76 (1.46 – 5.20)]. These data will be useful in designing and improving HIV/STD prevention programs in Turkey.



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