Digital Habits And Use Of The Internet As Source Of Sexual And Reproductive Health Information Among Undergraduates In Northern Nigeria

Iliyasu Z, Mohammed AY, Gajida AU, Jibo AM, Aliyu MH

Available online Oct 7, 2017.

[ Original ] Volume 26, Issue 2, 2017, Pages 138-145


BACKGROUND: Surfing the internet and networking via social media have evolved at a startling pace.

OBJECTIVES: To determine internet and social media habits and identify predictors of their use as sexual and reproductive health resource among Bayero University students.

STUDY DESIGN:A cross section of 385 students was interviewed using pre-tested anonymous structured selfcompleted questionnaires.

RESULTS: Nearly all students 98.4% (n=377) had accessed the internet and most 96.3% (n=363) had visited social media sites.Face book 57.3% (n=208),Twitter 22.3% (n=81) and Blackberry Messenger 8.8% (n=32) were the most popular among students. Of those with internet access, 51.2%, 46.2%, 39.2% and 38.5% mainly searched for information on HIV/AIDS, STI, sexual activities and menstrual problems respectively. There was more than twofold likelihood of accessing online sexual information among female students compared to males, adjusted Odds ratio (aOR=2.52); 95% Confidence Interval (95%CI= 2.41-4.86). Similarly, ever-married students had more than twice the chance relative to single students (aOR=2.2, 95%CI=1.17-4.28). Furthermore, younger students (<20 years) were twice more likely to have used online resources compared to their older colleagues (≥ 30 years) (aOR=2.12,95%CI=1.32-4.17).

CONCLUSION: Undergraduate students are increasingly turning to the internet for sexual and reproductive health information.This presents an opportunity for programming.


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April - June, 2017

Volume 26 | Issue 2

Page Nos. 138-145

Online since Oct 3, 2017

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