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Int J High Risk Behav Addict. 2013 Dec;2(3):112-6. doi: 10.5812/ijhrba.11855. Epub 2013 Dec 12.

A Study on High-risk Premarital Sexual Behavior of College Going Male Students in Jamnagar City of Gujarat, India.

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1
Department of Community Medicine, GCS Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, India.
2
Department of Community Medicine, M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, India.
3
Department of Community Medicine, Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhuj, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The pre-marital sex and live-in relationship among young people are increasing at an alarming rate. Remote consequences of such high risk behaviors are increase in the incidence of STDs (including HIV), unsafe and illegal abortion, adolescent pregnancy and motherhood, single mother child/abandoned child, juvenile delinquency and many more.

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to investigate the high-risk sexual behaviors in depth, influenced by various factors including age at sexual debut, type of partners, consistent condom usage, hostel stay, socioeconomic class, etc. among college-going male youth.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The study was conducted in Jamnagar among undergraduate (18-24 years) male college students. A total of 450 students were randomly selected from three colleges of Jamnagar.

RESULTS:

Out of all 450 participants, 49.11% were in the age group of 18-20 years. Among study subjects, 13.78% had one or more pre-marital sexual exposures. In students with positive pre-marital sexual history, the various sex partners were girlfriends (95.16%), commercial sex workers (14.5%), homosexuals (6.45%), and multiple sex partners (33.88%). Among students, 62.9% were using condom consistently. Three-fifth of the ones indulged in premarital sex, were in the age group of 16-20 at the time of sexual debut.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most of the students were quite young (16-18 years) at the time of first pre-marital sexual exposure. Consistent condom usage was not uniform. The students staying at hostels, indulged in premarital sex, were found to have multiple sex partners.

KEYWORDS:

Condoms; Disorders of Sex Development; Sexual Behavior

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