Researchers conducted this study to assess the number of patients attending a large GUM clinic using condoms to reduce the risk of STIs and to determine how many patients experienced problems with their use. To elicit whether patients had received any training in the use of condoms.

The study participants were 300 male and 300 female adult attenders at a GUM clinic.

Participants were randomly selected from those attending and asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire placed in a sealed box in the consulting room.

Condom use is erratic, with most responders indicating that they only sometimes use condoms. More female than male patients report condom accidents. Male participants were less likely to recall being given any training in condom use at school than women. Women attending family planning clinics for condoms were unlikely to be offered training in their use.

The majority of participants continue to place themselves at risk of STIs through inconsistent use of condoms or condom accidents. More emphasis should be placed on formal education on condoms at schools and health clinics where patients are likely to obtain supplies of condoms.