Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37--39

Relationship between knowledge of HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour among in-school adolescents in Delta State, Nigeria


PI Okonta, MI Oseji 
 Reproductive Health Co-ordinator, Public Health Impact Research Centre, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
P I Okonta
Reproductive Health Co-ordinator, Public Health Impact Research Centre, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria

OBJECTIVE: To determine if there is any correlation between the knowledge of HIV/AIDS among in-school adolescents in Delta state of Nigeria and their sexual behaviour. METHOD: A questionnaire based descriptive study of randomly selected secondary school students in Asaba. Delta state. RESULTS: A total of 437 students were recruited for the study. About 47% of respondents had good knowledge of HIV/AIDS. The electronic media were their main sources of information. Fifty-eight percent had been sexually initiated but only 10% were currently sexually active. About 73% of the males and 58% of the females reported condom use in their last sexual act. Seventy-three percent of the students that had poor knowledge of HIV/AIDS had ever had sex compared with 69.5% of students with good knowledge. Similarly 45.6% of students with poor knowledge used condom compared with 58.8% who had good knowledge. However these observed differences were not statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Knowledge of HIV/AIDS by in-school adolescents in Asaba has not significantly influenced their sexual behavior. Program planners should explore and integrate other factors that could impact positively on adolescent sexual behavior.


How to cite this article:
Okonta P I, Oseji M I. Relationship between knowledge of HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour among in-school adolescents in Delta State, Nigeria.Niger J Clin Pract 2006;9:37-39


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Okonta P I, Oseji M I. Relationship between knowledge of HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour among in-school adolescents in Delta State, Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract [serial online] 2006 [cited 2020 Aug 6 ];9:37-39
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