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Prevalence and Determinants of Sexually Transmitted Diseases: An Analysis of Young Jamaican Males

NORMAN, LISA R. PhD; UCHE, CHUKWUDUM PhD

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Abstract

Background: Jamaican adolescents have high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Goals: Since the sexual behaviors that put an individual at risk for HIV are the same as for other STDs, the prevalence and determinants of STD symptoms among a sample of young Jamaican males were examined.

Study Design: As part of the 1997 Reproductive Health Survey, male adolescents and young adults in Jamaica were surveyed about symptoms of STDs and related sex behaviors.

Results: Overall, 9% of the sample reported symptoms of STDs in the year before the interview. Rates of high-risk sexual behaviors were high. Logistic regression analyses indicated that being older and having multiple sex partners were associated with having symptoms of STDs.

Conclusions: Prevention programs should recognize that various factors can increase the risk of contracting and transmitting STDs, including HIV. Interventions should be targeted to those with high-risk behaviors that are conducive to continued participation in high-risk sexual behaviors.

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