Safer sex and condom use: A convenience sample of Aboriginal young people in New South Wales

Joanne Bryant, James Ward, Heather Worth, Peter Hull, Sarina Solar, Sandra Bailey

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Background: This paper examines condom use in a sample of Aboriginal young people in New South Wales (NSW) aged 16-30 years. Methods: Cross-sectional data were collected using hand-held computer devices from 293 Aboriginal people attending two Aboriginal events in NSW. Results: Almost two-thirds of respondents reported having had a casual sex partner in the previous 6 months. Of these, 39.2% reported always using a condom with casual partners. Having always used a condom with casual partners varied among respondents, and was more likely among younger respondents (adjusted odds ratio (AOR): 2.7, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.2-6.1) and less likely among those who used illicit drugs (AOR: 0.2, 95% CI: 0.1-0.7). Conclusions: In comparison to published studies of other Australians, casual sex appears to be more common among this sample of Aboriginal young people; however, the proportion who report having always used condoms with casual partners is very similar. This suggests that although casual sex is more common, Aboriginal young people do not engage in risky behaviour any more often than other young Australians. Further work should be conducted with those who do not always use condoms, such as those who are older and who use illicit drugs, particularly with regards to how abstinence from drug use supports protective behaviours such as condom use among this population of Aboriginal young people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-383
Number of pages6
JournalSexual Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 24 Aug 2011


  • Aboriginal
  • Australia
  • sexually transmissible infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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