The relationship between knowledge, intention and self-reported use of safer sex practices among youth aged 20-24 years in selected districts in Botswana
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Introduction The youth aged 20-24 years account for 43% of the population in Botswana.(Statistic Botswana, 2011). The youth remain at increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies and increased fertility. Limited condom and other contraceptive use amongst this age group are prevalent despite their reported high knowledge of safer sex practices. Purpose of the study The purpose of this study is to explore and describe the relationship between knowledge, intention and use of safer sex practices among youth aged 20-24 years in selected districts in Botswana. This is to identify gaps and guide appropriate interventions to promote safer sex practices amongst youth Methods The study will be a triangulation design (convergence model) consisting of cross-sectional survey with interpretive integration. Participants will be youth aged 20-24 years in selected settings in Botswana, selected through stratified purposive sampling based on selection criteria. Permissions will be sought from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and Skills Development. Participants will be recruited from tertiary institutions, youth centers, households and health facilities, and they will sign a written informed consent. Data will be collected at the point of recruitment. Participants will complete a self-administered questionnaire for demographic and survey data. Descriptive statistics, cross- tabulation and multiple regression analysis will be used to determine the relationship between knowledge, intention and self-reported use of safer sex practices, and some demographic variables to determine predictors for intentions and the use of safer sex practices. Qualitative data will be content analysed to identify major themes, subthemes and related categories. The results will be presented in tables and narrative thematic descriptions.