Background: Premarital sex refer sexual intercourse performed between couples before the marriage to find or experience new things due to which they have probability to expose to serious problems. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to assess the prevalence of premarital sex and associated factors among selected private higher secondary level students of Lalitpur Metropolitan city.
Results: Out of total 402 participants, 72 (17.9%) of the respondents were reported to practiced premarital sex. Being age of seventeen (AOR= 4.08, 95% CI= 1.34-12.35), being joint family (AOR= 0.41, 95% CI= 0.19-0.87) and being non-exposed to pornmovie (AOR= 0.33, 95% CI= 0.18-0.62) were found to have significant association with pre-marital sex.
Conclusion: Despite the low prevalence, the factors associated with pre-marital sex were late adolescent stage, being joint family and being non-exposed to porn-movie. Likewise, most of the participants had inadequate knowledge on the health consequences of pre-marital sex. Therefore, schools should focus on the awareness programs to students on sexual and reproductive health.
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