Article

Predictors of multiple concurrent and multiple sexual partnerships among male and female youth aged 18–24 in South Africa

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 26, issue 2, 2016 , pages: 156–163
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2016.1163901
Author(s): Motlatso Gladys MlamboCentre for Rural Health, Family Medicine Department, South Africa, Karl PeltzerHIV/AIDS/STIs and TB (HAST), Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, Witness ChirindaMedical Research Council, South Africa

Abstract

This study aimed to determine predictors of multiple concurrent and multiple sexual partnerships among South African male and female youth. Data were from a cross-sectional population-based household survey of 3 123 youths aged 18 to 24 years from four South African provinces (males = 53.6%, blacks = 97.8%). Results from a sub-sample of being sexually active in the past 12 months (n = 1787) indicate that 5.3% (7.1% in males and 3.1% in females) youth participants had multiple concurrent sexual partners, and 38.8% (50.1% in males and 25.8% in females) had had two or more sexual partners in the past 12 months. Among females, multiple concurrent partnerships were only predicted by lower social network resources. Predictors of multiple sexual partnerships (two or more sexual partners in the past 12 months) among males included high HIV risk perception, never been tested for HIV and hazardous or harmful alcohol use. By contrast, among females, high peer pressure, lower education and ever having taken drugs predicted involvement with multiple sexual partners. Multi-level health promotion interventions are indicated for sexual behaviour change among South African youth.

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