Norman, Lisa R. ; Uche, Chukwudum
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Prevalence and determinants of sexually transmitted diseases: An analysis of young Jamaican males
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Date of Publication
Jamaican adolescents have high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). GOALS: Since the sexual behaviours that put an individual at risk for HIV are the same as for other STDs, the prevalence and determinants of STD symptoms among a sample of young Jamaican males were examined. As part of the 1997 Reproductive Health Survey, male adolescents and young adults in Jamaica were surveyed about symptoms of STDs and related sex behaviors. RESULTS: Overall, 9% of the sample reported symptoms of STDs in the year before the interview. Rates of high-risk sexual behaviors were high. Logistic regression analyses indicated that being older and having multiple sex partners were associated with having symptoms of STDs. Prevention programs should recognize that various factors can increase the risk of contracting and transmitting STDs, including HIV. Interventions should be targeted to those with high-risk behaviors that are conducive to continued participation in high-risk sexual behaviors.....