AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 399–404

Sexual Partners in a Rural South African Setting1

  • Elias Mpofu
  • Alan J. Flisher
  • Khalipha Bility
  • Hans Onya
  • Carl Lombard
Africa and AIDS

The study investigated sexual behaviors among 1573 rural South Africans in their early and late adolescents and young adults. The participants reported their number of sexual partners and behaviors related to sexual experience, including age of their first sexual experience, use of contraceptives, use of substances, and anal sex. The data from 630 adolescents with sexual experience (males: 362; females: 268) were analyzed to test three sequential models to predict the number of sexual partners from student characteristics (i.e., demographics, use of substances, sexual behaviors). Teenagers with early sexual experience and a history of substance-use tended to have multiple sexual partners, confirming the need for targeted HIV prevention interventions for young people in South Africa.

KEY WORDS:

sexual partners teenagers rural Africa 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elias Mpofu
    • 1
    • 5
  • Alan J. Flisher
    • 2
  • Khalipha Bility
    • 1
  • Hans Onya
    • 3
  • Carl Lombard
    • 4
  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
  2. 2.University of Cape TownRondenboschSouth Africa
  3. 3.University of the NorthSovengaSouth Africa
  4. 4.Medical Research Council of South AfricaTygerbergSouth Africa
  5. 5.CRC, Department of Counseler Education, Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation ServicesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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