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International Journal of Reproductive Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 451460, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/451460
Research Article

Assessment of the Reproductive Health Status of Adult Prison Inmates in Osun State, Nigeria

1Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), P.M.B. 4400, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria
2Department of Community Medicine, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 4008, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria
3Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

Received 27 November 2012; Revised 1 February 2013; Accepted 13 February 2013

Academic Editor: Lauren A. Wise

Copyright © 2013 A. I. Olugbenga-Bello et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. All over the world, numbers of prisoners have being increasing with majority in the sexually active age group; hence diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis are more prevalent in prisons than in the community. This study thus aims to provide an overview of the reproductive health status of adult prison inmates in Osun State. Methodology. This is a cross-sectional study among adult inmates in Osun State prison. Data was obtained from 209 selected respondents using pre-tested semi structured questionnaire. Result. Majority of the respondents were in the age group 20–39 years with mean age of . 73.2% are aware of STIs, 93.3% HIV/AIDS and 81.3% contraception. 54.6% had multiple sexual partners before incarceration and 23.3% of them used condom always. 89.5% were not involved in any sexual practice inside the prison, 9.1% masturbated and 1.4% had homosexual partners. Less than 6% had access to male condoms gotten from prison staffs and prison clinics. Conclusion and recommendation. No comprehensive reproductive health care system to address reproductive health services in prisons. Respondents’ knowledge about STIs, HIV/AIDS and contraception is good, but their condom usage is low compared with the knowledge. Government should put in place specific reproductive health programmes in prisons.