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J Prev Med Hyg. 2011 Dec;52(4):219-23.

A study on the sexual and contraception behaviours of the pre-university students in Puglia (South-Italy).

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Sciences, Section of Hygiene, "Aldo Moro" University, Bari, Italy.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The aim of the present study is to determine attitude and associated factors towards the use of methods of protection/contraception.

METHODS:

In August 2008, a study was carried out using a self-administered standardised anonymous questionnaire. It was administered to school-leavers who were attending a study course at Bari University.

RESULTS:

The total number of questionnaires returned was 1091, the average age of the interviewed subjects was 19.6. Those declaring to have had sexual intercourse at least once was 88%. Of those sexually active, the average age at first intercourse was 16.8, and 75.2% stated that they had used some form of contraception on this occasion. The condom was the most popular method employed, followed by withdrawal and by contraceptive pills. Around 20% of the interviewees indicated that they used emergency post-coital contraception.

DISCUSSION:

The study results emphasise the importance of an effective teaching of the aspects of sex and relationship education before puberty.

PMID:
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