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Table 2 Prevalence of health risk behaviors among adolescents by age and sex in Luangnamtha province, Lao PDR

From: Concurrent multiple health risk behaviors among adolescents in Luangnamtha province, Lao PDR

  14-15 years P- value 16-19 years P- value
  N = 447 %   N = 913 %  
Current alcohol use 123 27.5   455 49.8  
   Boys 39 21.2 .013 266 54.8 .001
   Girls 84 31.9   189 44.2  
Current cigarette use 14 3.1   117 12.8  
   Boys 14 7.6 <.001 114 23.5 <.001
   Girls 0 0   3 0.7  
Current amphetamine use 1 0.2   12 1.3  
   Boys 1 0.5 .412 12 2.5 .001
   Girls 0 0   0 0  
Having sex during the last 6 months+ 39 70.9   118 55.7  
   Boys 23 71.9 1.000 92 54.1 .391
   Girls 16 69.6   26 61.9  
Age at first sex before 15 years+ 39 70.9   47 22.2  
   Boys 25 78.1 .231 35 20.6 .300
   Girls 14 60.9   12 28.6  
Two or more partners during the last six months 11 28.2   52 44.1  
   Boys 9 39.1 .086 48 52.2 .001
   Girls 2 12.5   4 15.4  
Not using condoms for the last sexual intercourse++ 27 69.2   61 51.7  
   Boys 14 60.9 .40 47 51.1 .072
   Girls 13 81.3   14 53.8  
  1. Note:
  2. + among those who ever reported having had sex
  3. ++ among those who were sexually active during the last 6 months prior the
  4. survey
  5. Chi-square was used to test the difference between boys and girls for the
  6. younger and older adolescents and
  7. Fisher's exact test was used when each cell has an expected value less
  8. than 5 more than 20%.