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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Norman, Lisa R.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Article Title
Sexually transmitted disease symptoms: A comparative analysis of male and female youth in Jamaica
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Journal Title
West Indian Medical Journal
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Reprint Status
Refereed
Date of Publication
2001
Volume ID
50
Issue ID
3
Page(s)
203-8
Language
eng
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ISSN
0043-3144
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Abstract
Data from Reproductive Health Survey 1997 were used to examine symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and sex behaviour of adolescents and young adults in Jamaica. Overall, nine per cent of the sample reported symptoms of STD in the year prior to the survey. Rates of high- risk sexual behaviours were high with one-fifth of the sample reporting multiple sex partners in the last three months. Slightly more than half reported condom use at last coitus. Logistical regression analyses indicated that being older, having multiple sex partners, using condoms inconsistently with steady partners, and having cultural attitudes conducive to high-risk sexual activity were all associated with having symptoms of STD. These findings indicate that certain sub-populations are more likely to have symptoms of STD. STD prevention programmes should recognize the various risk groups at increased risk of STD and, ultimately, HIV. Interventions should be targeted to those who continue to have unprotected sex with multiple sex partners. In addition, cultural factors should be considered in the development of such prevention programmes.....
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