Skip to main content

Table 1 Participants’ characteristics

From: Risky sexual behaviours and HIV testing among young people in Ghana: evidence from the 2017/2018 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey

Characteristic Young women
n (%)
Young men
n (%)
Age (years)
15–19 653 (38) 209 (28)
20–24 1049 (62) 525 (72)
Educational status
Pre-primary/no education 95 (6) 26 (4)
Primary 244 (14) 97 (13)
Junior high 752 (44) 301 (41)
Senior high 542 (32) 282 (38)
Higher 69 (4) 28 (4)
Marital status
Currently married/in union 523 (31) 127 (17)
Formerly married/in union 60 (3) 19 (3)
Never married/ in union 1119 (66) 588 (80)
Wealth index
Poorest 288 (17) 115 (16)
Second 354 (21) 136 (19)
Middle 401 (23) 191 (26)
Fourth 378 (22) 174 (24)
Richest 282 (17) 118 (16)
Area of residence
Urban 809 (48) 349 (48)
Rural 892 (52) 384 (52)
Region
Western 195 (11) 72 (10)
Central 170 (10) 50 (7)
Greater Accra 216 (13) 52 (7)
Volta 157 (9) 66 (9)
Eastern 203 (12) 101 (14)
Ashanti 338 (20) 241 (33)
Brong-Ahafo 180 (11) 64 (9)
Northern 171 (10) 50 (7)
Upper East 40 (2) 16 (2)
Upper West 32 (2) 22 (3)
Frequency of reading newspaper
Not at all 1468 (86) 577 (78)
Less than once a week 117 (7) 93 (13)
At least once a week 91 (5) 35 (5)
Almost everyday 26 (2) 29 (4)
Frequency of listening to the radio
Not at all 561 (33) 99 (14)
Less than once a week 318 (19) 118 (16)
At least once a week 407 (24) 170 (23)
Almost everyday 417 (24) 347 (47)
Frequency of watching television
Not at all 345 (20) 95 (13)
Less than once a week 197 (12) 173 (24)
At least once a week 345 (20) 151 (20)
Almost everyday 816 (48) 314 (43)
Age at first sexual intercourse
8–14 years (Early sexual debut) 228 (17) 94 (13)
15–24 years (Late sexual debut) 1413 (83) 639 (87)
Condom used at last sexual intercourse
Yes 363 (21) 233 (32)
No 1339 (79) 501 (68)
Multiple sexual partners
Yes 116 (7) 144 (20)
No 1586 (93) 590 (80)
Tested for HIV
Yes 549 (32) 92 (13)
No 1152 (68) 623 (87)