HIV-infected youths in Uganda 'less likely to wear condoms'

People aged between 15 and 24 who have HIV in Uganda are less likely to use condoms, newly-released research has found.

According to a study published in BMC Infectious Diseases, 59 per cent of those in a HIV-negative group use contraception, compared to only 34 per cent in the HIV-positive selection.

Furthermore, only 24 per cent of those who had the sexually transmitted infection admitted using condoms regularly - the figure was 38 per cent in the other sample.

Age of the respondent, marital status and being a man were found to be factors in sustained condom usage.

"Strengthening family planning services and developing new innovative ideas to re-market condom use are needed," the study's authors remarked.

They called for guidelines that will help sexual health workers in the country to deal with the issue.

It comes after the Philippines president Benigno Aquino said he wants to introduce government-funded programmes to deliver condoms to people in the country, the Associated Press reported.