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Female Condoms as a Preventive Measure against HIV/AIDS Infection among University Students in Gaborone, Botswana

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This paper seeks to investigate the predictors of female condom use amongst female university students in Gaborone, Botswana. The study used primary data through the administration of a questionnaire amongst randomly selected respondents to determine the factors behind the use of female condoms. Since the dependent variable had three outcomes, multinomial logistic regression was used. It was found out that only known HIV status was inversely related to the use of the female condom. The other variables, namely age, perceived exposure to HIV infection, perception about the female condoms and the respondents perceived risk were positively and significantly related to the use of the female condom. The paper concluded by pointing out that the limited use of female condoms should not be construed as indicative of the absence of safer sexual practices until some factors, namely the use of the male condom and partner behaviors are brought on board. Notwithstanding this apparent omission, the paper culminates by appealing for continued or even intensified sex education on the importance of the female condom particularly in view of the HIV and AIDS scourge.

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Kaelo, G. and Malema, B. (2014) Female Condoms as a Preventive Measure against HIV/AIDS Infection among University Students in Gaborone, Botswana. Open Access Library Journal, 1, 1-9. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1100538.

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