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Table 3 Prevalence of premarital sexual activity and sexual behaviour among never-married youth in Butajira Ethiopia, 2004

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

Variable Male Female Total n (%)
Ever had sex (n = 3045)    
   Never (n and %) 1496 (51) 1445 (49) 2941 (97)
   Yes (n and %) 88 (85) 16 (15) 104 (3)
Reasons for sexual initiation (n = 104)    
   Personal desire (n and %) 49 (47) 9 (8) 58 (55)
   Partner influence (n and %) 31 (30) 4 (4) 35 (34)
   Peer influence (n and %) 7(7) 0 7 (7)
   Rape (n and %) 0 3 (3) 3 (3)
   Influenced by drugs and gifts (n and %) 1(1) 0 1 (1)
Number of partners in the last one year (n = 104)    
   One (n and %) 84 (81) 16 (15) 100 (96)
   More than one (n and %) 4 (4) 0 4 (4)
Ever use of condoms (n = 104)    
   Yes (n and %) 68 (65) 7 (15) 75 (72)
   No (n and %) 20 (19) 9 (9) 29 (28)
Condom use in the most recent sex (n = 75)    
   Yes (n and %) 58 (77) 5 (7) 63 (84)
   No (n and % 10 (13 2 (3) 12 (16)