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Theme Health
Code PH-SXH-1.4
MDG code MDG-6.2
Sub-theme Sexual Health (HIV/AIDS & STI)
Name Condom Use at last sex among people with multiple sexual partnerships (MDG 6.2)
Definition The percentage of young men and women aged 15–24 reporting the use of a condom during sexual intercourse with a non-cohabiting, non-marital sexual partner in the last 12 months
Calculation/Formula Number of respondents (aged 15–24) who reported having had more than one sexual partner in the last 12 months who also reported that a condom was used the last time they had sex. / Number of respondents (15–24) who reported having had more than one sexual partner in the last 12 months x 100
Unit of Measure %
Range (eg Age) 15-24 years
Assumptions A rise in the indicator is a sign that condom promotion campaigns are having the desired effect among their main target market. However, condom promotion campaigns aim for consistent use of condoms with non-regular partners rather than simply occasional use. Some surveys have tried to ask directly about consistent use, but the question is subject to recall bias and other biases. The current indicator is therefore considered adequate to address the target since it is assumed that if consistent use rises, use at last high-risk sex will also increase
Limitations This indicator shows the extent to which condoms are used by people who are likely to have higher-risk sex (i.e. change partners regularly). However, the broader significance of any given indicator value will depend upon the extent to which people engage in such relationships. Thus, levels and trends should be interpreted carefully using the data obtained on the percentages of people that have had more than one sexual partner within the last year. The maximum protective effect of condoms is achieved when their use is consistent rather than occasional. The current indicator does not provide the level of consistent condom use. However, the alternative method of asking whether condoms were always/sometimes/never used in sexual encounters with non-regular partners in a specified period is subject to recall bias. Furthermore, the trend in condom use during the most recent sex act will generally reflect the trend in consistent condom use.
Purpose/Rationale Condom use among individuals who report more than one sexual partner in the previous 12 months is a key indicator of condom availability and acceptability for prevention of HIV an STI transmission
Policy Linkages Pacific Regional Strategy on HIV and other STIs and Implementation Plan 2009-2014
Preferred Data Sources Second Generation Surveillance Surveys (behavioural surveys)
Alternative_Data Sources DHS
Census - HIES - DHS tag DHS
Primary Data Collection System National Surveillance Systems
Frequency of Data Collection 3 years
Other agencies countries_ must report to: UNICEF
SPC Responsibility - Data Management PHD
SPC Programme PHD
Numerator Number of respondents (aged 15–24) who reported having had more than one sexual partner in the last 12 months who also reported that a condom was used the last time they had sex
Denominator Number of respondents (15–24) who reported having had more than one sexual partner in the last 12 months x 100
Factor x 100
Unit %
Other Metadata Link http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Metadata.aspx