Sexual Behaviour in the Era of Hiv/Aids Among in – School Female Adolescents in Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria

  • K SABITU Department of Community Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria
  • GC UDOH Department of Community Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria.

Abstract

The objective of the study was to determine the level of knowledge of in-school female adolescents in Sabon Gari Local Government Area about HIV/AIDS and the influence of such knowledge on their sexual behaviour.

The study was a cross-sectional descriptive study of 400 in-school female adolescents randomly selected using a 2-stage stratified sampling with equal allocation in different schools. Questionnaires and Focus Group Discussions were used to collect data. Chi square was used to test the association between variables at p<0.05 significant.

The study setting was Sabon Gari, the headquarter of Sabon Local Government Area in Kaduna State which in an urban settlement. The town has mixed ethnic and religious population. It has a permissive social setting and poor socio-economic conditions. The subjects for the study were in-school female adolescents currently attending, Senior Secondary Schools in the area.

The result of the study shows that 93.3% of the respondents were aware of HIV/AIDS. Only 33.7% of the respondents were sexually exposed. Twenty eight percent of the sexually exposed used condom regularly. Knowledge on condom's protective effect against sexually transmission of HIV/AIDS virus was significantly associated with regular use of condom. It was, therefore, concluded that Public Health measures are needed to educate in-school adolescents in Sabon Gari Local Government Area about the regular use as well as the protective effect of condoms.

Sahel Med. J. Vol.6(1) 2003: 17-21
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