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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 262-265

Sexual behaviour, perception of HIV/AIDS and condom use among commercial motorcylists in Benin City.

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria

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S Adeoye
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ebonyi State University
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OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the perception of HIV/AIDS, condom use and the sexual behaviour of commercial motorcyclists in Benin-city, Edo State. DESIGN: A questionnaire based study involving consecutive 160 male commercial motorcyclists. SETTING: The study was conducted in three randomly selected major motorcycle parks in Benin-city. The three parks were selected using a multi stage random sampling technique. In each of the selected parks, consecutive motorcyclists were interviewed until a total of 160 respondents had been interviewed. RESULTS: One hundred and fifty-two (95%) of the respondents were acquainted with the subject of HIV/AIDS, but only 140(87%) believed that the disease actually existed. Sixty-six per cent of the respondents had multiple sexual partners while 26% of the subjects had been treated for a sexually transmitted infection. Of the 54 (34%) men who believed the disease had a cure, 46% and 32% felt that the cure was herbal and spiritual respectively. Although 106 of the men (66%) acknowledged the preventive function of the condom in the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, only 45% used the condom regularly with sexual partners. Sixty-two per cent of the respondents would submit themselves to voluntary HIV screening though none had gone for voluntary screening. CONCLUSION: The study suggests that the sexual behaviour of the commercial motorcyclist and a scarcity of information expose him to increased risk of HIV/AIDS infection and other sexually transmitted infections.

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