n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Nigerian university students' practices for preventing sexually transmitted diseases

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) remain an important public health challenge among Nigerian students. Abuja University is located in a region of high STDs prevalence. However, it is not clear what students do to minimize their risk of contracting STDs. The purpose of the study was to explore sexual practices that prevent STDs among Abuja University students and also to identify factors which influence the adoption of such preventive sexual practices. A qualitative study, based on an exploratory and descriptive design, using in-depth interviews with 23 informants, examined practices students adopt to prevent STDs, including factors influencing them. Thematic data analysis was performed. The level of awareness of STDs was high. Common preventive sexual practices included abstinence, use of condoms, mutual masturbation and douching. Fear of STDs and pregnancy, parental influences, religious inclinations and respect for cultural values influenced students' sexual practices. Programmes that improve students' knowledge about STDs and those that enable parents to acquire knowledge and skills to positively influence their children's attitudes to sex may effectively reduce risk behaviours and promote preventive practices among students.

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