A survey conducted among the lower-class urban population of Delhi, India to describe the heterosexual behaviour, condom usage and awareness about STDs/AIDS revealed that 4.4% respondents had sex outside/before marriage.
Female commercial sex workers, friends and neighbours were the important sexual partners.
Heterosexual activity was significantly higher among males, unmarried, literates and middle/higher income groups.
Almost half of those who had sex before/outside marriage never used a condom during the sexual encounter.
Though only a small fraction of the population was found to be engaged in extra-/pre-marital sex, the overall impact of this may be multifold, given the nature and modes of HIV transmission.
The superficial and inadequate knowledge regarding STDs/AIDS among this population, especially among those having extra-/premarital sex, indicates an urgent need for appropriately targeted health education and condom promotion activities in the community with an endeavour to increase awareness about STDs and HIV/AIDS and motivate people towards healthy sexual lifestyles.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Comportement sexuel, Hétérosexualité, Prise risque, Inde, Asie, Croyance, Attitude, Milieu urbain, Environnement social, Utilisation, Condom, Homme, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Sexual behavior, Heterosexuality, Risk taking, India, Asia, Belief, Attitude, Urban environment, Social environment, Use, Condom, Human, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0356926
Code Inist : 002B06D01. Création : 12/09/1997.