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Correlates of ever had sex and of recent sex among teenagers and young unmarried adults in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

AIDS Behav. 2008 Jul;12(4):585-93. Epub 2007 Jul 31.
Kayembe KP, Mapatano MA, Busangu FA, Nyandwe KJ, Mashinda KD, Musema MG, Kibungu JP, Matamba TL, Mayala MG.
Department of Epidemiology, Kinshasa School of Public Health, Kinshasa School of Medicine, University

The future of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo will depend on the behavior that teenagers and young adults are likely to adopt. Documenting teenagers and young adults behavior can help design effective interventions. The premarital sexual activity of 13,091 teenagers and young adults aged 15-24 years was examined. Logistic regression models were used to identify the correlates of ever had sex and recent sex. Ever had sex and recent sex were associated with older individuals, males, school dropouts, those addicted to alcohol and drug use, those living alone or with friends, those involved in an income generating activity, those with low capacity to resist sex, those with low socio-economic status and those living in permissive milieu. Controlling access to alcohol and drugs, teaching teenagers skills to resist sex, getting schools involved in teaching values of abstinence and delayed sex, could impact the age at first sex and trigger the adoption of lower risk behavior.

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