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International Journal of Life science and Pharma Research (IJLPR)
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Volume 6 Issue 3, July-September 2016    Pages:08-16
SEXUAL PRACTICES AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS AMONG YOUTHS, SHIRE TOWN, TIGRAY, NORTHERN, ETHIOPIA

G/HIWOT G/MARIAM1,ABADI KIDANEMARIAM2,G/MEDHIN G/EGZIABHER3,EJIGU GEBEYE4,SOLOMON MESERE4
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Abstract:
Young people are particularly vulnerable to problems of sexual and reproductive health and many young people are exposed to a great risk of contracting serious sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/ AIDS and teen age pregnancy. Therefore, this study aimed to assess sexual practices and associated factors among youths, shire town, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. Methods: Community based cross sectional study was employed among 806 youths of shire town selected by multistage sampling technique. Data was collected from July 15- 26/ 2013. Structured pre tested questionnaires via face to face interview were used to collect the data. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression model was used to determine the effect of independent variables on the outcome variable. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 16.0. Finally the results were presented using text, graphs and tables. Results: A total of 781 youths were enrolled in this study, making a response rate of 96.8%. Three hundred fifty four (45.3%) of the respondents ever had sexual intercourse in their life time. Occupation in their own business [AOR:2.31,95%CI; 1.02,5.26],received information on RH issues [AOR: 1.69,95% CI; 1.20,2.36], grade 7-12 [AOR: 1.53, 95%CI :1.07-2.18] and did not know health facilities providing RH services[ AOR: 4.33,95%CI :1.03,18.18] were found to be significantly associated with sexual practices. Conclusion and recommendation: The knowledge of youths on reproductive and sexual right was limited. Forty eight point six percent of youths ever had multiple sexual partners. The District health office should strengthen age appropriate sexual education and youth friendly services to improve knowledge and for safe sexual practices.
Keywords: Youths, sexual practice, reproductive health.
 
 
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