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Prevalence and factors associated with extramarital sex among Nigerian men

Kola A. Oyediran, JSI Research and Training Institute
Uche Isiugo-Abanihe, University of Ibadan
Bamikale Feyistan, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Gbenga Ishola, ACCESS Project

This paper examines the prevalence of and associated factors of extramarital among married or cohabiting Nigerian men in a nationally representative study. Sixteen percent reported at least one extra-marital partner in the last 12-months, and the mean number of extramarital partners was 1.82. The result suggests that Nigerians are vulnerable to a generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic due to higher probabilities of extra-marital networking in conjunction with relative low condom use. The study reveals that having extramarital relations is associated with respondents’ background profile:- ethnicity, religion, current age, age at sexual initiation, education, occupation and place of residence. The major focus of condom promotion strategies should be on increasing use outside marriages especially among married couples. A more fundamental behavioural change in the era of HIV/AIDS remains the inculcation of the values of marital fidelity and emotional bonding among marital partners.

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Presented in Session 41: Male sexual and reproductive health needs