Premarital Sex, HIV, and Use of Condom among Youths in Nigeria
In the recent past, discussing about sex among
children and youths was frowned at by traditional norms and as such
sexual discussions and behavior were approached with great respect.
Things are actually falling apart with the increasing number of young
people that engage in premarital sex. Due to lack of experience and
sex education, many young people are becoming increasingly
exposed to the risk of HIV infection. In the light of the above, this
study discussed premarital sex, HIV, and use of condom among
youths in Nigeria. Data for this study came from 2013 Nigeria
Demographic and Health Survey and other secondary data. The
survey revealed that only 18.5 percent of young women that had sex
in the 12 months preceding the survey used condom. Out of 3306
never-married sexually active men and women, 1728 representing 52
percent live in urban areas and 43 percent of them did not use
condom during sexual intercourse in the 12 months preceding the
survey. This study concludes that for there to be reduction in
prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Nigerian youths, there is need for
concerted effort to be made towards educating youths on the
expedient of the use of condom during sexual intercourse.
Condom, HIV, Nigeria, Premarital sex, Youths.