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Table 1 Distribution (%) of sexual behaviour variables by gender

From: Substance use and risky sexual behaviours among sexually experienced Ghanaian youth

Sexual behaviour pattern Total (N = 1195) Boys (N = 483) Girls (N = 644)
Ever had sexual intercourse (N = 1094)
No 74.7 71.6 77.3
Yes 25.3 28.4 22.7
Age at first sexual intercourse (N = 1164)
<11 to 14 years 41.3 44.1 38.7
15 to 17 years 42.6 40.2 45.2
18 years 16.2 15.7 16.1
Number of sexual partners (1164)
1 person 66.3 61.5 70.5
2 persons 14.9 13.8 16.5
3 persons 7.6 10.3 6.2
4 persons or more 10.6 14.4 6.2
Contraceptive use (N = 1165)
Condom 51.5 53.8 49.7
Oral contraceptives 9.4 10.7 8.1
Condom and oral contraceptives 4.4 3.0 5.8
No contraceptives 31.2 30.0 32.4
Other kind 3.5 2.4 4.0
Smoking (N = 1079)
No 93.4 92.0 95.3
Yes 6.6 8.0 4.7
Tawa use (N = 1106)
No 94.3 92.7 96.1
Yes 5.7 7.3 3.9
Tobacco use (N = 1151)
No 90.9 88.5 93.6
Yes 9.1 11.5 6.4
Drunkenness (N = 1051)
Less often or never 87.8 85.5 89.8
Often (once or twice a week or    
often) 12.2 14.5 10.2
Marijuana use (N = 1163)
No 92.8 91.0 94.9
Yes 7.2 9.0 5.1
Other drug use (N = 1160)
No 94.8 93.2 95.4
Yes 5.2 6.8 4.6