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Sexual behavior and awareness of Chinese university students in transition with implied risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection: a cross-sectional study.
BMC Public Health. 2006 Sep 18; 6:232.BP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The vulnerability of young people to HIV and the recent emergence of the HIV epidemic in China have made it urgent to assess and update the HIV/STD risk profile of Chinese young people.

METHODS

A self-administered questionnaire survey with cross-sectional design was conducted among 22,493 undergraduate students in two universities in Ningbo, China. Bivariate trend analysis and multiple logistic regression analysis were used to compare sexual behaviors and awareness between grades.

RESULTS

Of respondents, 17.6% of males and 8.6% of females reported being sexually active. Condom was reported never/rarely used by 35% of sexually active students in both genders in the previous year. Pregnancy and induced abortion had each been experienced by about 10% of sexually active female students and the female partners of male students, and about 1.5% of sexually active students of both genders reported being diagnosed with an STD. Multivariate analysis revealed that students in lower grades, compared to those in higher grades, were more likely to have become sexually active before university, to have become aware of sex before high school, and to have been exposed to pornographic media before the age of 17 years, and for sexually active respondents of both genders, to have engaged in sex without using a condom.

CONCLUSION

Sexual behaviors of Chinese university students are poorly protected and sexual behaviors and awareness may have been undergoing rapid change, becoming active earlier and more risky. If this trend continues, vulnerable sexual network will grow among them that allow more expansion of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, China. qiaoqinma@yahoo.com.cnNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16981985

Citation

Ma, Qiaoqin, et al. "Sexual Behavior and Awareness of Chinese University Students in Transition With Implied Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV Infection: a Cross-sectional Study." BMC Public Health, vol. 6, 2006, p. 232.
Ma Q, Ono-Kihara M, Cong L, et al. Sexual behavior and awareness of Chinese university students in transition with implied risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2006;6:232.
Ma, Q., Ono-Kihara, M., Cong, L., Xu, G., Zamani, S., Ravari, S. M., & Kihara, M. (2006). Sexual behavior and awareness of Chinese university students in transition with implied risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 6, 232.
Ma Q, et al. Sexual Behavior and Awareness of Chinese University Students in Transition With Implied Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV Infection: a Cross-sectional Study. BMC Public Health. 2006 Sep 18;6:232. PubMed PMID: 16981985.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexual behavior and awareness of Chinese university students in transition with implied risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection: a cross-sectional study. AU - Ma,Qiaoqin, AU - Ono-Kihara,Masako, AU - Cong,Liming, AU - Xu,Guozhang, AU - Zamani,Saman, AU - Ravari,Shahrzad Mortazavi, AU - Kihara,Masahiro, Y1 - 2006/09/18/ PY - 2006/01/24/received PY - 2006/09/18/accepted PY - 2006/9/20/pubmed PY - 2006/12/9/medline PY - 2006/9/20/entrez SP - 232 EP - 232 JF - BMC public health JO - BMC Public Health VL - 6 N2 - BACKGROUND: The vulnerability of young people to HIV and the recent emergence of the HIV epidemic in China have made it urgent to assess and update the HIV/STD risk profile of Chinese young people. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire survey with cross-sectional design was conducted among 22,493 undergraduate students in two universities in Ningbo, China. Bivariate trend analysis and multiple logistic regression analysis were used to compare sexual behaviors and awareness between grades. RESULTS: Of respondents, 17.6% of males and 8.6% of females reported being sexually active. Condom was reported never/rarely used by 35% of sexually active students in both genders in the previous year. Pregnancy and induced abortion had each been experienced by about 10% of sexually active female students and the female partners of male students, and about 1.5% of sexually active students of both genders reported being diagnosed with an STD. Multivariate analysis revealed that students in lower grades, compared to those in higher grades, were more likely to have become sexually active before university, to have become aware of sex before high school, and to have been exposed to pornographic media before the age of 17 years, and for sexually active respondents of both genders, to have engaged in sex without using a condom. CONCLUSION: Sexual behaviors of Chinese university students are poorly protected and sexual behaviors and awareness may have been undergoing rapid change, becoming active earlier and more risky. If this trend continues, vulnerable sexual network will grow among them that allow more expansion of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. SN - 1471-2458 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16981985/Sexual_behavior_and_awareness_of_Chinese_university_students_in_transition_with_implied_risk_of_sexually_transmitted_diseases_and_HIV_infection:_a_cross_sectional_study_ L2 - https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-6-232 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -