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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 343-349

Premarital sexual experience and preferred sources of reproductive health information among young men in Kumbotso, Northern Nigeria


1 Department of Community Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital & Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital & Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
3 Department of Preventive Medicine & Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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MBBS, MPH, FWACP I Zubairu
Medical Research Consultancy Unit, Department of Community Medicine, Mohammed Kabir Building Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, PMB 3452 Kano
Nigeria
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BACKGROUND: Despite well known risks associated with unprotected premarital sex, this phenomenon has not been well explored among young men in rural northern Nigeria. We studied the predictors of premarital sex and preferred sources of sexual and reproductive health information among young unmarried men in Kumbotso, northern Nigeria. METHOD: A cross section of 400 young men were interviewed using structured questionnaires with mostly closed ended questions. RESULTS: Of the 385 respondents, 39 (10.1%) were sexually experienced. Less than half of respondents (48.7%) used a condom at sexual debut, and an equal proportion reported having multiple sex partners. Only 41.0% of sexually experienced respondents reported subsequent consistent condom use Age (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 4.12; 95% confidence interval (CI): 2.245.20) and educational attainment [AOR=3.57; 95%CI (1.49-9.10)] were significant predictors of sexual experience. The current versus preferred sources of sexual and reproductive health information included friends (51.3% vs. 93.3%), Islamic school teachers (41.0% vs. 72.7%) and school teachers (8.8% vs. 15.1%). CONCLUSION: Although the prevalence of premarital sex among young men in this community in northern Nigeria was low, those that did engage in such activity were likely to not use condoms and to have multiple partners. Preferred and trusted sources of information included peers and religious leaders. The findings in this study could be used to develop innovative strategies for reaching young men with accurate sexual and reproductive health information.


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