Influences on condom use: A secondary analysis of women's perceptions from the Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd) trial.

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Journal Article
Australian Journal of General Practice, 2021, 50, (8), pp. 581-587
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Background and objectives Women’s ability to negotiate condom use helps prevent sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between substance use, risk perception and the certainty of using condoms in several hypothetical situations. Methods This is a secondary analysis from the Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd) cluster randomised controlled trial. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression were used for the analysis. Results At baseline, contraceptive questions were answered by 698 women attending 57 general practices in Melbourne, Australia. Condom use was reported by 47%. Of those using condoms as the sole form of contraception (n = 137), 20% used them inconsistently. Dual protection was used by 58% of women (188/325). Condoms and the pill were more frequently used than condoms and longer-acting contraceptives. Women were less likely to be confident negotiating condom use when using substances. Discussion Substance use and the concurrent use of other forms of contraception impact use of condoms. Even when condoms are the sole form of contraception with willing partners, use is inconsistent, leaving women at risk of pregnancy and STI.
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