n Health SA Gesondheid - Risk awareness and sexual relationships among youth in the Johannesburg area : research

Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1025-9848
  • E-ISSN: 2071-9736



The increase in the reported rate of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and sexually transmitted infections among the youth of South Africa has led to a rise in awareness campaigns to combat these epidemics. If health awareness campaigns have an effect on behavioural change, one would expect the youth to abstain from sex and be involved in stable sexual relationships. This quantitative survey, conducted among a sample of 226 Johannesburg youths, was aimed at ascertaining their exposure to sex risks and their stability in sexual relationships. Data was collected by means of a questionnaire, and descriptive as well as inferential statistical analyses were computed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The results revealed a quarter of respondents to have been engaged in risky sexual activities and males in general to be riskier and more sexually active than women.

Die toename in die aangemelde koers van menslike immuniteitsgebreksindroom (MIV), verworwe immuniteitsgebreksindroom (VIGS) en seksueel oordraagbare infeksies onder die jeug in Suid-Afrika het tot 'n toename in bewuswordingsveldtogte gelei om hierdie epidemie hok te slaan. Indien gesondheidsveldtogte 'n effek op gedragsverandering het, kan 'n mens verwag dat die jeug hulself van seksuele omgang sal weerhou en in stabiele seksuele verhoudings betrokke sal wees. 'n Kwantitatiewe opname is onder 226 jeugdiges in Johannesburg gedoen met die doel om hul blootstelling aan seksuele risiko's en stabiele seksuele verhoudings te bepaal. Data-insameling het deur middel van 'n vraelys geskied en beide beskrywende en inferensiële statistiese analise is deur middel van die Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) gedoen. Die resultate het aangetoon dat 'n kwart van die respondente in riskante seksuele aktiwiteite betrokke was en mans was oor die algemeen waaghalsiger en seksueel meer aktief as vroue.

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