Sexual Knowledge and Practices of Students of Senior High Schools in the Bolgatanga Municipality, Ghana
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to investigate the extent of knowledge students of senior high schools in Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional capital of Ghana, have on risky sexual behaviours and also to seek for answers on the reasons why students engaged in or will engage in sexual practices. Multistage sampling technique was employed to sample 400 students from the four public senior high schools in the municipality to respond to a researcher-designed instrument. Descriptive statistical analyzes were used in order to analyze the two research questions. The results suggest that majority of the respondents demonstrated moderate to high level of knowledge on sexual risk-taking behaviour (21% and 68% respectively). Moreover, the students indicated expression of love, to make money and to boost once social status as part of the varied reasons that influenced or would influence them to engage in sexual intercourse. The study concludes that the students will protect themselves against contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI), thereby reducing the incidence of HIV and female students might also be involved in multiple-partnered sexual relations.
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