An investigation on students' risky sexual behavior at KwaZulu-Natal University, South Africa, Durban

Mutinta, Given and Govender, Kaymarlin and Gow, Jeff and Gorge, Gavin (2013) An investigation on students' risky sexual behavior at KwaZulu-Natal University, South Africa, Durban. American Journal of Sexuality Education , 8 (3). pp. 121-139. ISSN 1554-6128


University environments are fertile grounds for risky sexual behaviors. This study investigated students' risky sexual practices at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Data were collected using quantitative and qualitative methods. A total of 1,405 questionnaires were administered, and 80 in-depth interviews
and four focus group discussions were conducted. Quantitative data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) for Windows 16.0. Qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The sample included 1,405 students, the majority (93%) of whom were never married and 97% were sexually experienced. Among males reporting male partnerships those who used alcohol were significantly more likely to report risky sexual
practices. Among females reporting male partnerships, those
30 years and older were significantly less likely to report engaging in risky sexual behavior with male partners. Alcohol use was connected with inconsistent condom use and not using condom last sex among females. While low rates of condom use were a problem among older students aged 30 years and older, and risky sexual practices were more common among younger students. Risky sexual behaviors pose a big challenge for the successful HIV prevention interventions on university campuses.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 05:04
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 03:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: university students; sexual risk practices; condom use; HIV and AIDS; University of KwaZulu-Natal
Fields of Research : 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010401 Applied Statistics
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/15546128.2013.828339

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