Young South Africans' views on, and perceptions of, abstinence and faithfulness

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dc.description.abstract The goals of the Abstinence and Be Faithful Among Youth (ABY) project were to enhance local responses among the youth in South Africa to prevent HIV infection through encouraging abstinence, faithfulness and avoidance of unhealthy sexual behaviour among youths over a five-year period. A quantitative baseline evaluation of the ABY project was conducted in five cities in South Africa. Data were collected from learners and youths just before the ABY intervention started at nine randomly selected sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Mthatha using a three-stage cluster sampling design. In total, nine sites were randomly selected from a possible eighteen. At each of the data-collection points, data were collected from 60 participants. In total there were 27 data-collection points and 1620 respondents. Young people have strong views on abstaining from sexual intercourse, as 83% said that it was possible not to have sex for as long as you can. There was also strong support for abstinence, as 78.5% said that not having sex was the best way of preventing infection with HIV. In total, 68.1% of the youths said that the media had a positive influence on encouraging abstinence and 72.1% said role models could help them not to have sex, while 84.3% said that leadership and life skills workshops were helpful in encouraging them to abstain from sex. In total, 68.7% of young people said that the media encouraged faithfulness in relationships and 84.6% said that life skills workshops were helpful in encouraging them to remain faithful to one partner. Young people have strong views on and support for abstinence. They also have strong views on and perceptions of remaining faithful to one partner. These findings are a valuable guide to the views and perceptions of young people with respect to abstinence and faithfulness before interventions are implemented. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject YOUTH en
dc.subject SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject PUBLIC OPINION en
dc.title Young South Africans' views on, and perceptions of, abstinence and faithfulness en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 15(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2010/11 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle Health SA Gesondheid en
dc.ArchiveNumber 6604 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 5254 en
dc.bibliographictitle Setswe, K.G. & Zuma, K. (2010) Young South Africans views on, and perceptions of, abstinence and faithfulness. Health SA Gesondheid. 15(1):Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2010 en
dc.contributor.author1 Setswe, K.G. en
dc.contributor.author2 Zuma, K. en

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