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Table 2 Comparison of traditional values about virginity between residential area and gender among never-married youth in Butajira, Ethiopia, 2004 (n = 3045)

From: Traditional values of virginity and sexual behaviour in rural Ethiopian youth: results from a cross-sectional study

Variables Rural male n (%) Rural female n (%) Rural female/rural male Crude OR and (95% CI Urban male n (%) Urban female n (%) Urban female/urban male Crude OR and (95% CI)
Belief in traditional norm about virginity       
   Virginity is not the norm 143 (12) 23(2) 1.00 126 (29) 46 (11) 1.00
   Virginity is the norm 1008 (88) 1020 (98) 6.30 (4.01–9.85) 307 (71) 372 (89) 3.32 (2.29–4.48)
Beliefs about girls virginity       
   Do not believe in virginity 19 (1) 5 (1) 1.00 12 (3) 8 (2) 1.00
   Believe in virginity 1135 (99) 1038 (99) 3.48 (1.22–11.95) 421 (97) 410 (98) 1.46 (0.55–3.95)
Beliefs about boys virginity       
   Do not believe in virginity 48 (4) 233 (22) 1.00 17 (4) 198 (35) 1.00
   Believe in virginity 1103 (96) 810 (78) 0.15 (0.11–0.21) 416 (96) 270 (65) 0.06 (0.03–0.10)
Intention of marrying a virgin       
   No/Indifferent 31 (3) 54 (5) 1.00 63 (15) 36 (9) 1.00
   Yes 1120 (97) 989 (95) 0.51 (0.32–0.79) 370 (85 382 (91) 1.81 (1.17–2.78)
Perceived benefit of boys virginity (n = 2599)       
   Pre condition for marriage 561 (51) 310 (38) 1.00 230 (55) 95(35) 1.00
   Protects partners from HIV/STIs 542 (49) 500 (62) 1.67 (1.38–2.02) 186 (45) 175 (65) 2.28 (1.64–3.16)
Perceived benefit of girls virginity (n = 3004)       
   Pre condition for marriage 590 (52) 490 (47) 1.00 233 (55) 194 (47) 1.00
   Protects partners from HIV/STIs 545 (53) 548 (53) 1.21 (1.02–1.43) 188 (45) 216 (53) 1.38 (1.05–1.83)