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Sexual risk behaviours among rural learners at Mdutshane Senior Secondary School, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

AK Tugli, M Mokonoto, KG Morwe


The purpose of this study was to determine and describe the prevalence of risky behaviours among the learners in a rural secondary school in the Eastern Cape Province. A cross-sectional sample of 150 learners in grades 10-12 with mean age of 18.8±1.73 years was undertaken. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire which was designed to collect demographic information and risky behaviour practices. The study found that overwhelming proportion (86%) of the participants were sexually active; and of these, 3.23% reported having their sexual debut at age 10. The results also reveal that 46.1% reported contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) which was far higher than the 2002 national average prevalence of 7.4%. In addition, only about 1 in 4 (24%) participants discussed sexual issues with their parents/guardians. Reproductive health promotion programmes should be intensified in schools especially among rural learners with strong parents and community involvement.

Keywords: Sexual risk behaviours, prevalence, learners, South Africa.

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