Sexual risk behaviour: A gender perceptional analysis of HIV/ AIDS prevention strategies among the Nigerian rural youth
Dixon O Torimiro, Obafemi Awolowo University
Okorie Ogbonnaya, Obafemi Awolowo University
Sequel to the reported higher incidence of HIV/AIDS infection among young women in rural communities, this study was designed to carry out the gender analysis of youth’s perception of HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, sexual risk behaviour, and socio-cultural and economic backgrounds in Southwestern Nigeria. A set of pre-tested interview schedule was used to source information from 135 each of male and female between the ages of 15 and 24 years randomly selected from eighteen worse hit communities. Results showed, among others, that majority of the respondents engage in high sexual risk behaviours such as: watching and reading pornographic materials. Although, the female respondents were found to have a more favourable perception of the prevention strategies than their male counterparts, the prevailing culture denies the right of women to negotiate the use of some of the prevention strategies. However, the respondents’ low level of awareness of most of the prevention strategies constitute a significant influence to their perception .