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This paperdescribes the sexual practices and perceptions of risk among undergraduatestudents attending a tertiary institution in Jamaica. The study was guided bysix research questions. To answer these research questions, a descriptivesurvey design was used for the study. A total of 63 undergraduate students wereselected using the stratified random method. Data for the study were collectedthrough the use of a questionnaire and focus group discussion. The data were codedand entered into SPSS version 20. Simple descriptive statistics frequency andpercentage, cross-tabulation and t-test were used to analyze the data. Theresults showed that over two-thirds 85% of the students were sexually activeand that the male students initiated their sexual activities earlier than thefemale students. It was revealedthat 12.6% of the respondents had their first sexual encounter when they were lessthan ten years old. The findings of this study showed that a greater number offemales 41.0% reported using a condom on their first sexual encounter whencompared to 20.6% of the male undergraduate students. Although 88.8% of the respondents reported seeingthe promotionaladvertisement about safe sex, 11.2% stated that the advertisements were notconvincing, for example they stated: -it did not convince me, and needed toshow more than the risk-, and -not doing enough to scare young people aboutSTD-. This has serious implications for how prevention messages are fashioned.The study indicatesthe need for partnerships to improve the STI-HIV risk reduction interventionsin Jamaica. Based on the sexual practices identified in thisstudy, undergraduates at this particular university are at risk of contractingSTIs making them susceptible to cervical cancers, infertility and unwantedpregnancies. Based on thefindings and their implications, six recommendations were made on how to usethe platforms that will appeal to this group of undergraduate students inpracticing safe sex.

KEYWORDS

Sexual Practices, Perceptions, Risk, Undergraduate Students

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Pusey-Murray, A. and Onyefulu, C. 2015 Sexual Practices and Perceptions of Risk among Undergraduate Students Attending a Tertiary Institution in Jamaica: A Pilot Study. Open Access Library Journal, 2, 1-13. doi: 10.4236-oalib.1101261.





Autor: Andrea Pusey-Murray1, Cynthia Onyefulu2

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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