Table 1

Health seeking and sexual behaviour in patients presenting with sexually transmitted infections

VariableMales (%)FemalesTotal (%)
Total248250498
Previous medication132 (53)130 (52)262 (53)
    Modern (ampicillin, cotrimoxazole, etc) 50 (38) 43 (33) 93 (35)
    Traditional (herbs, roots, etc) 48 (36) 49 (38) 97 (37)
    Both 34 (26) 38 (29) 72 (28)
Source of previous medication (n=262)
    Private health facilities 26 (20) 29 (22) 55 (21)
    Drug vendors/pharmacy 24 (18) 38 (11) 62 (24)
    Traditional healers 48 (36) 49 (38) 97 (37)
    Several of the above 34 (26) 14 (11) 48 (18)
Median duration of STI symptoms (days) 14 11 14
Sex during symptomatic period = yes 97 (42)134 (58)231 (46)
    With same partner 67 (69)124 (93)191 (83)
    With different partners 30 (31) 10 (7) 40 (17)
Condom use during sex in symptomatic period (n=231)
    Always 3 (3) 2 (2) 5 (2)
    Intermittent/sometimes 34 (35) 22 (16) 56 (24)
    No condom use 60 (62)110 (82)170 (74)
Reasons for “no condom use” (n=170)
    Sex with steady partner or spouse 32 (53) 84 (76)116 (68)
    Refusal by partner 2 (3) 11 (10) 13 (8)
    Condom not available 15 (25) 8 (7) 23 (14)
    Reduces pleasure 4 (7) 3 (3) 7 (4)
    Religious reasons/did not know 7 (12) 4 (4) 11 (6)