Prevalence and Correlates of Exchanging Sex for Money (Gift), among Private College Students in Bahir Dar City, Northwest Ethiopia
Clinical Medicine Research
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2013, Pages: 126-134
Received: Aug. 30, 2013; Published: Oct. 20, 2013
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Zelalem Alamrew, Departement of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
Worku Awoke, Departement of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
Getachew Fikadie, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Semera University, Ethiopia
Bizuayhu Shimekaw, Department of Public Health, College of Medical Sciences, Andinet Medical College, Dangla Ethiopia
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Background: Transactional sex is the practice of exchanging sex for financial or life style rewords; which has been associated with increased risk of HIV and others STD’s. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and correlates of exchanging sex for money (gifts) among college students in Bahir Dar city. Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in July 2012 among 790 students in eight private colleges in Bahir Dar city using multistage sampling technique. A pre-tested self-administered questionnaire was used. The data were analyzed in bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis with SPSS version 16 soft ware package. Results: About 27.8% of sexually active respondents of the study were reported to have exchanged sex for money (gift). Respondents reported unprotected sex were about 2 times more likely to exchange sex compared to those never did unprotected sex (AOR= 1.85, 95%CI: 1.07-8.78).The odds of exchanged sex was higher for students living in rented house with no family compared to those living with family (AOR= 1.78, 95%CI: 1.03 -3.06), and for the students who used khat and shisha compared to those never took these substances (AOR= 1.92, 95%CI: 1.10-3.33 and AOR= 3.14, 95%CI: 1.32-7.44) respectively. Moreover, the students visited night clubs more than two times a week were more than threefold risk of exchanging sex compared to those students never visited night clubs(AOR= 3.87, 95%CI: 1.71- 8.78). Conclusion: This study revealed that 27.8% of sexually active respondents were ever exchanged sex and unprotected sex was associated with it, implying that receiving/paying money (gift) might interfere to negotiate condom use. Besides, several variables were associated with it, therefore, HIV/AIDS prevention programs need to give attention to exchanged sex.
Keywords
Exchanged Sex for Money (Gift), Sexual Risk Behaviours, HIV/AIDS, Adolescents and Young Adults, Ethiopia, Bahir Dar
To cite this article
Zelalem Alamrew, Worku Awoke, Getachew Fikadie, Bizuayhu Shimekaw, Prevalence and Correlates of Exchanging Sex for Money (Gift), among Private College Students in Bahir Dar City, Northwest Ethiopia, Clinical Medicine Research. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2013, pp. 126-134. doi: 10.11648/j.cmr.20130206.13
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