TITLE

Early initiation of sexual activity: a risk factor for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection, and unwanted pregnancy among university students in China

AUTHOR(S)
Qiaoqin Ma; Ono-Kihara, Masako; Liming Cong; Guozhang Xu; Xiaohong Pan; Zamani, Saman; Ravari, Shahrzad Mortazavi; Zhang, Dandan; Homma, Takayuki; Kihara, Masahiro
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
BMC Public Health;2009, Vol. 9, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: To explore any association between the timing of the initiation of sexual activity and sexual behaviors and risks among university students in China. Methods: Data were derived from a cross-sectional study on sexual behavior among university students conducted in Ningbo municipality, China, at the end of 2003. Students completed a self-administered, structured questionnaire. Of 1981 sexually active male students, 1908 (96.3%) completed the item for timing of the initiation of sexual activity and were included in bivariate trend analyses and multiple logistic regression analyses to compare the association between this timing and sexual behavior and risks. Results: Male early sexual initiators had a significantly higher risk profile, including a significantly higher proportion reporting non-regular partners (i.e., casual or commercial partners), multiple partners, diagnosis with a sexually transmitted disease (STD), partner history of pregnancy, partner history of induced abortion, and less condom and oral contraceptive use, compared with late initiators. Multivariate analyses confirmed the increased likelihood of these risks in early initiators versus late initiators, other than partner type during the last year. Conclusion: Our results showed that, compared to late initiators, people who initiated sexual activity early engaged in more risky behaviors that could lead to elevated risks of unwanted pregnancies and STDs or human immunodeficiency virus infection. Sex-education strategies should be focused on an earlier age, should include advice on delaying the age of first sexual activity, and should target young people who continue to take sexual risks.
ACCESSION #
43226972

 

Related Articles

  • Uso de condón en la primera relación sexual en estudiantes entre 18 y 26 años de una universidad pública. Martínez Torres, Javier; Parada Capacho, Lince; Duarte, Klarenna // MedUNAB;dic2013-mar2014, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p112 

    Introduction: Knowledge of sexual practices in young adults is needed to implement preventive actions aimed at the reduction of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. Objective: To determine the prevalence of condom use at first intercourse among college students. Materials...

  • A Cognitive Analysis of College Students’ Explanations for Engaging in Unprotected Sexual Intercourse. O’Sullivan, Lucia; Udell, Wadiya; Montrose, Vernique A.; Antoniello, Patricia; Hoffman, Susie // Archives of Sexual Behavior;Oct2010, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p1121 

    Young adults, including college students, engage in high levels of unprotected sexual activity despite relatively high rates of HIV/STI and pregnancy-related knowledge. Little is known about the cognitive strategies that young people use to explain this inconsistency. The current study examined...

  • Sexual behaviors and awareness of sexually transmitted infections among Chinese university students. Dangui Zhang; Hui Pan; Binglin Cui; Law, Frieda; Farrar, Jeremy; Ba-Thein, William // Journal of Infection in Developing Countries;2013, Vol. 7 Issue 12, p966 

    Introduction: This study investigated the current state of attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge concerning sex and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Chinese university students. Methodology: A cross-sectional anonymous university intranet-based survey was given to students attending...

  • Students' Perceptions and Beliefs about Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2007. Pavlich, Heather R.; Antil, William; Kerr, Dianne; Thompson, Amy // Health Education Monograph Series;2007, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p61 

    This investigation assessed undergraduates' perceptions and beliefs toward HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Questionnaires (n=421) were collected from a convenience sample of undergraduate students. The twenty-five item questionnaire utilized the Health Belief Model. Results...

  • Child sexual abuse and its outcomes among high school students in southwest Ethiopia. Worku, Dereje; Gebremariam, Abebe; Jayalakshmi, S. // Tropical Doctor;Jul2006, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p137 

    Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a major contributing factor to the burden of disease among children and adolescents. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of CSA and its outcomes among female high school students in Ethiopia. A cross-sectional study was conducted among Jirren high...

  • Gülhane Tıp Dergisi Yayın Kuralları.  // Gulhane Medical Journal;Sep2010, Vol. 52 Issue 3, preceding p157 

    No abstract available.

  • Trends in Premarital Sex in the United States, 1954-2003. Finer, Lawrence B. // Public Health Reports;Jan/Feb2007, Vol. 122 Issue 1, p73 

    Objectives. Policy and programmatic efforts promoting sexual abstinence until marriage have increased, but it is unclear whether establishing such behavior as normative is a realistic public health goal. This study examined the proportion of individuals in various cohorts who had had premarital...

  • Brown University Research Examines Factors That Influence Hook-Up Behavior of Women College Students.  // Women in Academia Report;07/02/2013, p3 

    The article reports on the research conducted by the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, a behavioral health research center at Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. It explains that the research examined factors that predict sexual behavior of female college students. It...

  • Which Behaviors Constitute 'Having Sex' Among University Students in the UK? Pitts, Marian; Rahman, Qazi // Archives of Sexual Behavior;Apr2001, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p169 

    Establishes which behaviors were considered to constitute sexual relations among undergraduates in Great Britain. Differences in the conceptualization of sex in Great Britain and the United States; Gender- and age-related differences in responses; Factors in the maintenance of sexual health.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics