alexa Premarital Sexual Practices And Its Predictors Among In-school Youths Of Shendi Town, West Gojjam Zone, North Western Ethiopia
ISSN 2155-6113

Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research
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2nd International Conference on HIV/AIDS, STDs, & STIs
October 27-29, 2014 Embassy Suites Las Vegas, USA

Alemayehu Bogale and Assefa Seme
Accepted Abstracts: J AIDS Clin Res
DOI: 10.4172/2155-6113.S1.009
Background: Youth who begin early pre-marital sexual activity are more likely to be engaged in unsafe sex. Early sexual debut puts them at increased risk for acquiring or transmitting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; and makes them highly vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy and its consequences. This study was conducted to assess premarital sexual practices and its predictors among in-school youths in North West Ethiopia. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried among 826 in school youths from December; 2011 to January; 2012 in Shendi town. A multistage sampling technique was used to select the study participants. Binary and multiplelogistic regression analyses were performed to examine the relationship between premarital sexual practices and selected exposure variables. Results: Nearly one fifth 157 (19%) of the participants reported having had premarital sexual intercourse, of which 91 (22.7%) were males and 66 (15.5%) were females. The mean (SD) age at first sexual intercourse was 16.48 (1.59) for males and 15.89 (1.68) for females. More than three - fourth of sexually active in-school youths engaged in premarital sexual relationship before celebrating their 18th birthday. Being greater than 20 years (AOR=3.67; 95% CI=1.98, 6.82), living with friends or relatives (AOR=2.47; 95% CI=1.46, 4.16), living alone (without parental control (AOR=2.51; 95% CI=1.38, 4.55) and watching pornographic movies (AOR=1.73; 95% CI=1.18, 2.53) were found to be significantly associated with premarital sexual practices. Conclusion: A significant number of in-school youths had started premarital sexual activity that might predispose them to different sexual and reproductive health risks. Therefore, various efforts need to be initiated through school-based information, education, and behavioral change communication, interventions, such as life skills education and negotiation.
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