The Effect of Gender on Sexual Behavior, Knowledge of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Contraceptive Methods in College Students in Turkey


Tanriverdi G. , ERSAY A. R.

TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI, cilt.30, ss.1039-1045, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 30 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5336/medsci.2008-9898
  • Dergi Adı: TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1039-1045

Özet

Objective: This study was conducted to examine the effect of gender on sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and contraceptive methods in college students in Turkey. Material and Methods: The research population was comprised of 396 students in a university school for Health College and Occupational School for health sciences. The sample was the 322 (81%) of the students who agreed to participate after being informed about the purpose of the study. The research data were analyzed using frequency distribution, chi-square analysis and independent sample t test. Results: According to the research results, the mean age for female students' first sexual intercourse was 18.85 +/- 2.16 and 16.76 +/- 2.31 years for males and females, respectively. It was determined that 24.0% of the male students and 13.7% of the female students had sexual intercourse; 59.5% of the male students and 19.6% of the female students reported that they masturbated. The same percentage of male and female students had insufficient information about sexually transmitted diseases. During sexual intercourse, 41.1% of female students' sexual partner and 58.3% of male students used a condom. Conclusion: As a result, in this study the male students had their first sexual intercourse earlier than the female students and had a higher percentage of having sexual intercourse (p< 0.05). However, any meaningful difference was not found between male and female students for the knowledge of STDs and the rates of using contraceptive methods (p> 0.05).