Factors Associated with Multiple Sexual Partners among First-Year Students in a South African University

Godswill N. Osuafor, University of Venda

First-year University students are arguably, the most susceptible to sexually transmitted infections due to multiple sexual partners. Therefore, this study examines the factors associated with multiple sexual partners among first-year students in a rural university. Data were collected and were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results revealed that 50.6% of the respondents engaged in sex with 23.5% of that population having multiple sexual partners. Having multiple sexual partners and factors such as the age at sexual debut, sex, being a member of students’ organisational structures, alcohol consumption and religiosity were statistically significant. Behavioural change by emphasizing sexual fidelity, good values and responsible consumption of alcohol should be part of first year orientation package.

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  Presented in Session 116. Behavioural Responses to HIV/AIDS and STIs II