2009 - 2014 Condom Usage Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

The purpose of this health indicator report provide information on condom use during last sexual intercourse among residents aged 15 to 49 living in Halton Region and Ontario. Residents included in this analysis were those aged 15-49 who have had sexual intercourse in the past year and who are unmarried and not living common-law (UMNCL), or who have had more than one sexual partner in the past year.

Background

Sexual health is an important component of public health. Healthy sexual practices include, but are not limited to, providing contraception and the prevention and/or management of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs). Condom usage is an important aspect of healthy sexual practice as condoms have been shown to reduce the incidence of pregnancy and STBBIs. The Sexual Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevention and Control Protocol (2013) of the Ontario Public Health Standards provides guidelines to prevent and control STBBIs and to promote healthy sexuality for priority populations, people diagnosed with STBBIs, and their partners. The Halton Region Health Department offers many programs and resources surrounding sexual health, which can be found at halton.ca/sexualhealth.

This health indicator report uses data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Key Findings

Overall Findings

  • For 2009-2014 combined, there was no statistically significant difference in the percentage of Halton and Ontario residents who reported that they used a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse.

Sex

  • For 2009-2014 combined, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton residents† who reported that they used a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse.

Age

  • For 2009-2014 combined, Halton residents aged 15-24 were more likely than residents in all other age groups to report that they used a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse. This difference was statistically significant when comparing residents aged 15-24 to residents aged 35-49.

Municipality

  • For 2009-2014 combined, residents in Burlington and Oakville were more likely than those in Milton and Halton Hills to report that they used a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse. However, these differences were not statistically significant.

Income

  • For 2009-2014 combined, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton residents† who reported that they used a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse.

Education

  • For 2009-2014 combined, there was no statistically significant difference by education in the percentage of Halton residents who reported that they used a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse.