Exploring Transactional Sex among Undergraduates and the Implications for Sexual Health: A Study of Lagos State University, Nigeria

Onipede Wusu, Lagos State University

This study explores the dimensions of transactional sex among Lagos State University undergraduates. The study employed two methods of data collection: non-participant observation and semi-structured interview. The analysis reveals that heterosexual activities thrive among undergraduates. Transactional sex appears common and it’s likely more prevalent among females. The interviews indicate that poverty, broken homes and desire to make cheap money account for the high prevalence of risky sexual health behaviour. Measures of protection such as condoms are rarely used in transactional sex. To check risky sexual behaviour, the University could embark on more intensive campaigns on the dangers of transactional sexual behaviour and promote condom use in the community. This could be provided free at strategic points. It is also important that the University develop part-time job scheme for indigent students (giving females special consideration). Parents are strongly advised to regularly visit their wards in their hostels regularly, sometimes without notice.

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Presented in Poster Session 4