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Incidence and Predictors of Adolescent's Early Sexual Debut After three Decades of HIV Interventions in Tanzania: A time to Debut Analysis.

Mmbaga, E. J., Leonard, F. and Leyna, G. H. (2012) Incidence and Predictors of Adolescent's Early Sexual Debut After three Decades of HIV Interventions in Tanzania: A time to Debut Analysis. PloS one, 7 (7). e41700. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

To determine the incidence and predictors of adolescent's early sexual debut after three decades of HIV interventions in Tanzania. In a cross-section study of adolescents aged 16-19 residing in Morogoro Municipality, information on socio-demographic, parental-and-peer communication, and sexual behaviors were collected. Cox-regression analysis was used to examine predictors of time to sexual debut. A total of 316 adolescents with mean age of 17.5±0.9 were recruited. Half (48.7%) of adolescent were sexually active with mean age at sexual debut of 14.6±2.3. Of these, 57.8% had sex before their 15(th) birthday with incidence of early sexual debut of 17.4/1000 person-years at risk. Adolescent family characteristics, peer pressure, alcohol use, parental and peer communication were key predictors of early sexual debut. Parental and peer communication strategies works calling for efforts to increase its scope to reach all adolescents alongside promoting family stability and reducing adolescent alcohol consumption.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescence, HIV interventions, Tanzania
Subjects: HIV > Surveillance
Divisions: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 06:01
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 06:01
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/1678

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