AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 585–593

Correlates of Ever had Sex and of Recent Sex among Teenagers and Young Unmarried Adults in The Democratic Republic of Congo

Authors

    • Department of Epidemiology, Kinshasa School of Public Health, Kinshasa School of MedicineUniversity of Kinshasa
  • Mala Ali Mapatano
    • Department of Epidemiology, Kinshasa School of Public Health, Kinshasa School of MedicineUniversity of Kinshasa
  • Fatuma Alphonsine Busangu
    • Department of Epidemiology, Kinshasa School of Public Health, Kinshasa School of MedicineUniversity of Kinshasa
  • Kyloka Jean Nyandwe
    • Department of Epidemiology, Kinshasa School of Public Health, Kinshasa School of MedicineUniversity of Kinshasa
  • Kulimba Désiré Mashinda
    • Department of Epidemiology, Kinshasa School of Public Health, Kinshasa School of MedicineUniversity of Kinshasa
  • Mulakilwa Godefroid Musema
    • Department of Epidemiology, Kinshasa School of Public Health, Kinshasa School of MedicineUniversity of Kinshasa
  • Jocelyne Pemba Kibungu
    • Department of Epidemiology, Kinshasa School of Public Health, Kinshasa School of MedicineUniversity of Kinshasa
  • Tshingombe Léonard Matamba
    • Programme National d’approvisionnement en medicaments
  • Mabasi Godefroid Mayala
    • Family Health International
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-007-9290-z

Cite this article as:
Kayembe, K.P., Mapatano, M.A., Busangu, F.A. et al. AIDS Behav (2008) 12: 585. doi:10.1007/s10461-007-9290-z

Abstract

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.

Keywords

TeenagersYoung adultsCorrelatesFirst sexRecent sexDemocratic Republic of Congo

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