Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Many Zambian men believe condoms decrease a man's sexual pleasure while some 41 percent of them maintain that condoms are inconvenient to use, according to a health survey just concluded by the Central Statistical Office (CSO).
"Among those who used a condom during their last sexual encounter, 56 percent believe a condom reduces a man's sexual pleasure, while 64 percent of those who have used a condom at least once, were of the view that the device decreases a man's sexual pleasure," CSO reported.
The same survey also established that 36 percent of men, with a high rate in rural Zambia, believe a woman has no right to tell a man to use a condom during intercourse.
But it said that despite all the negative attitudes towards condom use among men, 77 percent of those who used condoms believe they are effective in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
According to the recently released Zambia Demographic and Household Survey 2001/2002, HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country stands at 16 percent among 15-49 year olds.
Along the same parallel, the Zambia Human Development Report for 2003, recently released by the UN Development Programme insisted that as a nation the country has to "continue mobilising response to the challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS epidemic," adding "even though an emergency plan to prevent and control the disease exists, complacency cannot be entertained.
" The UN is hopeful that increased commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS could lead to a reversal in the trends by 2015.