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NICOLAU, Ana Izabel Oliveira  and  PINHEIRO, Ana Karina Bezerra. Sociodemographic and sex determinants of knowledge, attitude and practice of women prisoners regarding the use of condoms. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.3, pp.581-590. ISSN 0104-0707.

This study aimed assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of women prisoners regarding the use of male and female condoms as a measure prevention of STD/HIV and their relation to sociodemographic and sexual variables. A quantitative, evaluative study type Inquiry Knowledge, Attitude and Practice, involving 155 women prisoners. Data collection was conducted from January to March 2010 in a female prison in the state of Ceará, Brazil. Only 35 women (22,6%) had adequate knowledge about male condoms and 11 (7,1%) about female condoms. Were diagnosed less favorable attitudes during oral sex. The practice proper condom had little occurrence, particularly females. The attitude was associated with the age and age of first sexual intercourse. The proper use of condoms was significantly associated with the history of prostitution. Thus, strategies to promote sexual health in the prison environment should encompass the factors complexity involved in the use of condoms.

Keywords : Health knowledge, attitudes, practice; Prisoners; Condoms; Nursing.

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