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Descriptive analysis of men’s sexual behaviour in sub-Saharan Africa: Simplicity-parsimony approach

Amoo, Emmanuel O. and Solanke, Bola Lukman and Amoo, Abiodun I. and Onipede, Wusu and Osadolor, Uyi (2020) Descriptive analysis of men’s sexual behaviour in sub-Saharan Africa: Simplicity-parsimony approach. Cogent Arts & Humanities, 7. pp. 1-21.

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The interconnection between men’s sexual behaviour as a contributor to burden of reproductive and sexual health diseases in sub-Saharan Africa are often presented with complex and sophisticated statistical analyses with little or no comprehension among the affected population that are mostly with little or no statistical literacy and education. The study adopted simplicity-parsimony idea as amalgam of simplicity and parsimony theories in analysing the trends and patterns of men’s sexual behaviour in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia, the three countries selected from Eastern, Western and Southern parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Demographic Health Survey male-recode datasets (2000–2014) were used. Simple descriptive statistical techniques at univariate and bivariate levels were conducted. The results highlighted that men’s sexual behaviour are not the same in these regions. The men median sexual debut is 18 (Nigeria and Ethiopia) but 16 in Zambia. The median age at first cohabitation differs: 22 in Zambia and Ethiopia but higher in Nigeria. From 2000/2004 to 2010/2014, cohabitation practice reduced in Ethiopia across all ages but increased among men aged 25–29 (Zambia: 14.7–15.0%, Nigeria: 13.3–13.9%). There were declined in union-turnover in Ethiopia (−8.8%), Nigeria (−11.4%) and Zambia (−9.3%) including condom use; but non-spousal sex increased. The study concludes that the increase in non-spousal sex, non-condom use could have implications for STIs/HIV spread and zero-AIDS deaths agenda in the region. The authors suggest that policy decision-takers focus on non-spousal sex, non-use of condom, and union-turnover as crucial factors in the fight against STIs/HIV in sub- Saharan Africa.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: simplicity-parsimony; descriptive analysis; men sexual behaviour; unionturnover; condom use; non-spousal sex; STIs/HIV; AIDS; Ethiopia; Nigeria; Zambia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 07:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 07:12

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