Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
September 2011

Reasons for delaying or engaging in early sexual initiation among adolescents in Nigeria

Annually, over 1 million births in Nigeria are to teenage mothers. Many of these pregnancies are unwanted and these mothers are also exposed to the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Sexual abstinence is a critical preventative health strategy. Several quantitative studies in Nigeria have identified the correlates and determinants of early sex, yet few have explored in depth the underlying reasons for early sex. This paper co-authored by Pathfinder Nigeria's Fatima Mamman-Daura��_ explores both the key factors that motivate some unmarried young people to engage in early sex and reasons why some delay.

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