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Factors associated with condom use during sexual intercourse with a new partner among Scandinavian women

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  • Manrinder Kaur Tatla
  • Mette Tuxen Faber
  • Bo T Hansen
  • Lisen Arnheim-Dahlström
  • Christian Munk
  • Mari Nygård
  • Susanne K Kjær
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In this population-based, cross-sectional questionnaire study among 18-45-year-old women from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway conducted during 2011-2012 we examine factors associated with using condoms with a new partner. Condom use with a new partner was assessed among 6202 women having had a new partner in the recent six months. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated for the associations between sociodemographic and lifestyle factors, and sexual behavior, respectively, and condom use with a new partner using a logistic regression model. Always/almost always ("always") condom use served as the reference category in all analyses and was compared with sometimes/rarely ("sometimes") and never use in two separate analyses. Overall, respectively 36.3%, 26%, and 37.7% reported always, sometimes, or never condom use with a new partner. Married/cohabiting were more likely than single women to never (OR = 2.50, 95% CI: 2.07-3.02) or sometimes (OR = 1.30; 95% CI 1.04-1.62) use condoms with recent new partners. Increasing number of new partners in the recent six months was also associated with condom use with a new partner (never: OR for ≥3 partners = 0.56; 95% CI: 0.47-0.67; sometimes: OR for ≥3 partners = 1.64; 95% CI: 1.38-1.94). Furthermore, women reporting early age at first sexual intercourse, no contraception at first intercourse, or not being vaccinated against human papillomavirus used condoms with new partners less frequently. These findings may suggest that continued awareness about the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections when practicing condomless sex is important.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume131
Pages (from-to)105944
ISSN0091-7435
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Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

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