TITLE

High-risk sexual behaviours and genital chlamydial infections in high school students in Southern Taiwan

AUTHOR(S)
Hsieh, V.-H.; Shih, T.-Y.; Lin, H.-W.; Hsieh, T.-C.; Kuo, M.-J.; Lin, C.-W.; Gaydos, C. A.
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
International Journal of STD & AIDS;Apr2010, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p254
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of high-risk sexual behaviours and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and associated risk factors in Taiwanese high school students. Students in grades 10 and 11 (mean age: 15.9 ± 0.9; range: 13-20 years) at two schools were recruited. An anonymous online real-time computer-assisted self-interviewing questionnaire was designed to assess demographic factors and sexual behaviours. Urine specimens were tested for genital chlamydial and gonococcal infections. The same survey and screening was conducted one year later on the same group of students. Overall, 670 individual students (993 visits) were enrolled with 323 students in both surveys. Twenty-seven percent had had sexual intercourse, and more than three quarters (79%) of them had engaged in high-risk sexual behaviours. Having friends using drugs increased the odds of practicing high-risk sexual behaviours (odds ratio [OR] 1.99, 95% CI: 1.13 to 3.50). Among 182 sexually active students, 8.8% had chlamydial (female: 12.5%; male: 5.3%) and 1.1% had gonococcal infections. Having sex with someone met on the Internet was the most significant risk factor for acquiring chlamydia (OR 8.14, 95% CI: 2.82 to 23.51). In conclusion, this adolescent population reported high prevalence of high-risk sexual behaviours and had a high prevalence of chlamydia supportive of a potential epidemic of STIs and HIV.
ACCESSION #
51535223

 

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