Percentage of women and men aged 15-49 who had more than one partner in the past 12 months who used a condom during their last sexual intercourse
To assess progress towards preventing exposure to HIV through unprotected sex with non-regular partners.
Condom use is an important measure of protection against HIV, especially among people with multiple sexual partners.
Number of respondents (aged 15–49) 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 (15–49) who reported having had more than one sexual partner in the last 12 months
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 signifi cance 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 nonregular partners in a specifi ed period is subject to recall bias. Furthermore, the trend in condom use during the most recent sex act will generally refl ect the trend in consistent condom use.