Determinants of Nonprotection During First Sex Among Secondary School Students in Cameroon’s Capital City, Yaounde

Teke Takwa
Teke Phelisia Atuh
Chobike Safiatou, Université de Yaoundé I
Unda Ngwende, Université de Yaoundé I

The objective of this study is find out determinants of non-protection during first sex among secondary school students aged 14-19 in Yaounde,Cameroon. Data comes from a self-administered questionnaire to 2405 students. 49% of them had started sex with 35.0% starting without condom use. Binary logistic regression reveals that:- students who started sex at 10, 11 and 12 are six times likely than those who started after 16 to undergo it unprotected. Students with non-voluntary first sex are 4.4 times likely undertake it unprotected compared to those whose first sex was voluntary. Students whose mothers have tertiary are 40% less likely to practice unprotected first than others. There is need for comprehensive sex education for children to start before they reach 10, to promote female education and equip parents especially mothers with skills to teach abstinence or the practice of safe sex. Keywords: first sex, unsafe sex, STIs, unwanted pregnancies

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 Presented in Session 10. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior & Reproductive Health 2