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SEXUALITY OF 16- TO 17- YEAR-OLD SOUTH AFRICANS IN THE CONTEXT OF HIV/AIDS

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Abstract:

The aim of this study was to better understand the sexuality of youth in the context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Participants (400 male and 400 female 16- and 17- year-olds) 400 were from rural and 400 from urban areas, and almost all were of African descent. Results indicate that two-thirds of the girls and more than half of the boys had had sexual intercourse and had petted. Almost half of the boys (44.3%) and 24% of the girls took less than a week to have sexual intercourse in their current steady relationship. Only 40% of the girls and 57% of the boys had used a condom during their first sexual intercourse; HIV-AIDS prevention efforts should be linked to research on sexuality to advance effectiveness.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.3.239

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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