The condom use among young adults and its determinants: an Italian study
Numerous health risk behaviours have been identified as an issue in early adulthood, especially among university students, a particularly high-risk category for sexual and reproductive health. The aim of this study is to examine the condom use and its determinants among young adult in Italy. The hypothesis is that individuals’ demographic characteristics (gender, faculty, to have a committed partner, to be resident) and the risk perception may play a role in condom use. The results indicate that the frequency of condom use is related to the magnitude of risk perception of certain STIs and to demographic characteristics. All the STI risks perception and the risk perception of unintended pregnancy are statistically significant associated with frequency of condom use (p<0.001). By contrast the frequency of condom use is not statistically significant associated with the following demographic characteristics: gender, faculty, to have a committed partner, to be resident. Furthermore association with age groups is observed (p=0.030).
Findings suggest that universities have an opportunity to access young people’s sexual health risk behaviours and at the same time to impact on sexual health promotion. University health educators and staff at student health centers could play an active role in educational campaigns