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Determinants of extramarital sex by men in Tanzania: a case study of Mbeya region

Maurice C.Y. Mbago, University of Dar es Salaam
Francis J Sichona, University of Dar es Salaam

This paper attempts to identify some factors associated with extramarital sex by men in Mbeya region-Tanzania using data from a survey conducted in 2003/2004. The choice of Mbeya region has been prompted by the fact that it has been found in previous studies to have the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country. Correlates of extramarital sex that were considered include current age, education, residence, age at first sexual intercourse, age at first marriage and sex before marriage. A bivariate analysis of the survey data, which comprised a sample size of 568 married men aged between 15 and 62 revealed statistically significant association between extramarital sex with current age, education, age at first intercourse and sex before marriage. The effect of these variables was tested through a multivariate logistic regression analysis and all the four independent variables were found to be statistically significant predictors of extramarital sex in Mbeya region.

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Presented in Session 41: Male sexual and reproductive health needs