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Rwanda: Pornography cited for increase in oral sex

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Pornographic pictures and videos accessed on the internet have been cited as the main reason for the increasing prevalence of oral sex among young adults, the 8th Annual National Pediatric Conference has heard.

A study conducted among the students of the National University of Rwanda in Butare found that some students where picking up the practice by watching pornography.

This study found that 71% of male students interviewed have ever had vaginal sex while females who had ever had vaginal sex were at 52%. Among the males 27% reported to have ever has oral sex while females were at 24%.

The study abstract presentation; “Prevalence and factors associated with Oral Sex practices among University students: Case of national university of Rwanda” was done by Ms Stella Matutina Umuhoza.

The university students were studied as a key population to understanding sexual practices among young adults. The respondents were mostly of age group 20-24 and 25-29 years.

One participant recommended that government authorities should intervene through service providers and limit access to pornography on the internet.

Ms. Matutina Umuhoza noted that not many studies have been carried out in Africa about prevalence of oral sex. The study presenter defined oral sex as ‘the stimulation of a partner’s sex organ using the mouth or teeth or tongue.’

Study respondents cited pornographic movies and pictures as their primary source of information on oral sex. Other sources were information from peers positive about oral sex. The study found that girls raised in urban areas and those with multiple vaginal sex partners were more likely to have oral sex.

The researcher cited exploring new ways and the no risk of getting pregnancy among the reasons why oral sex was preferred. Of the study respondents, those who have had oral sex, more than 50% said oral sex as one of the preferred sex practices. Since men are more dominant during sex, women were found to be more likely to perform oral sex on their partners.

Vaginal sex was the most predominant sexual behavior reported. This was the first study on sexual practices in young people especially university students in Rwanda. Few studies have been carried out in sub Saharan Africa.

Interestingly, religion was found to be limiting engagement in oral sex. Students who reported to be religious, were least likely to involve in oral sex.

It was recommended that Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Center [RBC], decision makers and other stakeholders should publicize the risks involved in non coital sex. It was found that while there was good knowledge about HIV, more than half were not aware of risk of transmission of STDs through oral sex.

The conference was today told that studies show the possibility of contracting HIV through oral sex was low but other diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea was very high.

The study found that 60 percent of students used condoms at their last sexual encounter but this was still low.

Ms Matutina said next year a sero-prevalence study will be carried out at the National

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