Number of sexual partners among sexually active adolescents during a specified reference period

The number of sexual partners during a specified refer­ence period (e.g., the last 3, 6, or 12 months) among sexually active adolescents


Responses to survey questions on number of sexual partners during the specified reference period.

Evaluators may want to disaggregate by the following age ranges: 10-14, 15-19, and 20-24.

 


Surveys of program participants or adolescents in the program‘s intended population


Having multiple sexual partners increases the risk of transmission of STIs and HIV/AIDS. This indicator provides a measure of how prevalent this high-risk be­havior is in a program‘s intended population.  However, because consistent condom use greatly reduces the risk of STI transmission, evaluators must consider the indi­cator in conjunction with the indicators pertaining to condom use (Percent of sexually active young people who used a condom at first/last sex, Percent of sexually active, unmarried adolescents who con­sistently use condoms) in order to assess the prevalence of high-risk behaviors.


Because the indicator deals with a sensitive topic, there is reason to be concerned about the accuracy of reported information. Unfortunately, little methodological re­search has been undertaken to assess how accurately numbers of partners are reported in different settings.


sexually transmitted infection (STI), family planning, HIV/AIDS, adolescent
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