Factors associated with access to condoms and sources of condoms during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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Bolarinwa, O. 2021. Factors associated with access to condoms and sources of condoms during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. Archives of public health = Archives belges de sante publique. 79 (1), p. 186. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13690-021-00701-5
AuthorsBolarinwa, O.
AbstractBackground: Evidence has shown that the prescribed lockdown and physical distancing due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have made accessing essential health care services much more difficult in low-and middle-income countries. Access to contraception is an essential service and should not be denied, even in a global crisis, because of its associated health benefits. Therefore, it is important to maintain timely access to contraception without unnecessary barriers. Hence, this study examines the factors contributing to limited access to condoms and sources of condoms during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. Methods: This study used the National Income Dynamics Study-Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) wave 1 survey dataset. The NIDS-CRAM is a nationally representative survey of the National Income Dynamics Survey (NIDS) conducted via telephone interview during COVID-19 in the year 2020. This is the first secondary dataset on COVID-19 conducted by NIDS during pandemic. A total of 5304 respondents were included in the study. Data were analysed using frequencies distribution percentages, chi-square test and multivariable logistic regression analysis. Results: Almost one-quarter (22.40%) of South Africans could not access condoms, and every 7 in 10 South Africans preferred public source of condoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who were from other population groups [AOR = 0.37; 95% CI = 0.19-0.74] and those who were in the third wealth quintile [AOR = 0.60; 95% CI = 0.38-0.93] had lower odds of having access to condoms while those respondents who were aged 25-34 [AOR = 0.48; 95% CI = 0.27-0.83] and those with a secondary level of education and above [AOR = 0.24; 95% CI = 0.08-0.71] were less likely to prefer public source of condom. Conclusions: This study concludes that there was limited access to condoms during the COVID-19 pandemic and that the preferred source of condoms was very skewed to public sources in South Africa. Strategic interventions such as community distribution of free condoms to avert obstruction of condom access during the COVID-19 pandemic or any future pandemics should be adopted.
KeywordsSources; South Africa; Access; Sexual Health; Condoms; Covid-19
JournalArchives of public health = Archives belges de sante publique
Journal citation79 (1), p. 186
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1186/s13690-021-00701-5
Official URLhttps://archpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13690-021-00701-5
Publication dates
Online27 Oct 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted01 Oct 2021
Deposited12 Jan 2022
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LicenseCC BY
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