Volume 5, Issue 2, December 2019, Page: 110-114
Knowledge of HIV Transmission and Risky Sexual Behavioural Practices Among Selected Adolescents and Young Adults in Lagos, Nigeria
Taiwo Modupe Balogun, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Nigeria
Olawale Dally, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Nigeria
Omobolanle Awofala, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Nigeria
Received: Aug. 28, 2019;       Accepted: Sep. 28, 2019;       Published: Oct. 11, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijhpebs.20190502.15      View  47      Downloads  26
Abstract
The adolescents and young adults constitute a high risk group for HIV infection due to their common involvement with risky sexual behavioural practices. This study was carried out to assess the basic knowledge of HIV and also identify the risky sexual behavioural practices for infection among studied adolescents and young adults. A self-administered structured questionnaire containing 15 items on demographics, knowledge of HIV/AIDS and risky sexual behavioural practices that may predispose to new infections was completed by respondents and used for data collection. Participation in this survey was voluntary and anonymous among selected adolescents and young adults. One hundred and forty four (144) out of 160 questionnaires that were shared among the adolescents and the youth were completed and returned giving a response rate of 90%. The study population was aged 10-24 years and majority of the respondents 90 (62.5%) were in the age group 21-24 years while their mean age was 18±3.9 years. There was good awareness about HIV and its routes of transmission among respondents (96%). The mean age of sexual debut was 15±5.2 years. Condom use among the sexually active respondents was low 33 (22.9%). Thirteen (9.0%) of the respondents were involved with casual unprotected sex while 59% of respondents had taken HIV tests. The knowledge of HIV transmission was good while risky sexual behavioural practices for new infections such as early sexual debut, low condom use and low uptake of counseling and testing services with resultant lack of knowledge of personal HIV status, keeping multiple sex partners, were prevalent among studied adolescents and young adults in Lagos, Nigeria.
Keywords
HIV Prevention, Youth, Behavioural Change
To cite this article
Taiwo Modupe Balogun, Olawale Dally, Omobolanle Awofala, Knowledge of HIV Transmission and Risky Sexual Behavioural Practices Among Selected Adolescents and Young Adults in Lagos, Nigeria, International Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education and Behavioural Science. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2019, pp. 110-114. doi: 10.11648/j.ijhpebs.20190502.15
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