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Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Volume 2016, Article ID 6054870, 9 pages
Research Article

Errors and Predictors of Confidence in Condom Use amongst Young Australians Attending a Music Festival

1School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
2University Centre for Rural Health, Western Sydney University, 61 Uralba Street, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
3Harm Reduction and Health Promotion Programs, HIV and Related Programs (HARP), North Coast Public Health, Mid-North Coast Local Health District, P.O. Box 419, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia

Received 30 April 2016; Revised 24 September 2016; Accepted 10 October 2016

Academic Editor: Elizabeth Reed

Copyright © 2016 Karina M. Hall 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.


Objectives. To determine the confidence and ability to use condoms correctly and consistently and the predictors of confidence in young Australians attending a festival. Methods. 288 young people aged 18 to 29 attending a mixed-genre music festival completed a survey measuring demographics, self-reported confidence using condoms, ability to use condoms, and issues experienced when using condoms in the past 12 months. Results. Self-reported confidence using condoms was high (77%). Multivariate analyses showed confidence was associated with being male () and having had five or more lifetime sexual partners (). Reading packet instructions was associated with increased condom use confidence (). Amongst participants who had used a condom in the last year, 37% had experienced the condom breaking and 48% had experienced the condom slipping off during intercourse and 51% when withdrawing the penis after sex. Conclusion. This population of young people are experiencing high rates of condom failures and are using them inconsistently or incorrectly, demonstrating the need to improve attitudes, behaviour, and knowledge about correct and consistent condom usage. There is a need to empower young Australians, particularly females, with knowledge and confidence in order to improve condom use self-efficacy.