Sexual Behaviour and Use of Dual Protection Methods among University of Lagos Female Undergraduate Students: A Gender Perspective

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Oyefara, J.L
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Women all over the world especially the younger ones have been identified to be highly vulnerable and susceptible to the contraction of HIV infection for different reasons. The situation and condition of sub-Saharan Africa women are more precarious and complicated because of different prevailing socio-cultural and economic factors that predispose women in general to the contraction of the pandemic in the region. The general sex stereotype and male domination of patriarchy is a strong cultural factor hindering the self autonomy and rational reproductive decision making of women in the continent. With advancement in educational level however, the expectation is that the culture of male domination and subjugation of women would give way for egalitarian culture of freedom of expression by women, gender equity and ability of women to take rational decision concerning their reproductive health. Thus, this study examined critically the sexual behaviour and use of dual protection among University of Lagos undergraduate students using 200 respondents from the survey and i 0 in-depth Interviews. The finding» of the study show that many of the undergraduates at the study location are sexually active. The respondents have high knowledge of the existence of condom while femmidom, the powerful mechanism to protect women from HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), is not popular and many of the students have never seen it let alone use it. Furthermore, the elicited data show erratic usage of condom during sexual relationships among undergraduate students. The generated qualitative data revealed that the culture of male domination of patriarchy is highly prevalent and rooted in the sexual relationships between the female undergraduates and their sexual partners. Consequently, many of the female undergraduates are not using condom in each of their sexual relationships because of strong objection from their male sexual partners. Since many of these girls are not ready to lose their sexual partners they normally engage in unprotected sexual relationships. Thus they are more expose to the risk of HIV/AIDS contraction.
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Sexual Behaviour , Sexually Transmitted Infections
Oyefara, J.L (2004) Sexual Behaviour and Use of Dual Protection Methods among University of Lagos Female Undergraduate Students: A Gender Perspective. A Paper Presented at the Conference 011 Sexism in Education Organized by Centre for Gender Studies, Olabisi Ouabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, at Gate Way Hotel, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.