Sexual Risk Behaviors and Menstrual and Intravaginal Practices Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Tanzania: A Cross-Sectional, School-Based Study

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Objectives: Objectives were to describe menstrual and intravaginal practices and sexual risk behaviors among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Tanzania. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in secondary schools in Tanzania. Data on menstrual practices (e.g., product use), intravaginal practices (e.g., douching), and sexual risk were analyzed using chi-square and loglinear analyses. Results: Menstrual risk practices were common. Sexual risk behaviors and intravaginal practices were high among AGYW reporting sexual debut. Conclusions: High levels of menstrual, intravaginal, and sexual risk practices highlight the need to improve menstrual, sexual, and intravaginal practices, particularly among sexually active AGYW.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cherenack, EM; Rubli, J; Dow, DE; Sikkema, KJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 394 - 407

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1931-762X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1931-7611

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/19317611.2020.1821861

Citation Source

  • Scopus