Getahun Mekonin, Abulie Takele, Daniel Atlaw, Batu lema, Sisay Degno, Kebon Seyoum , Ashenafi Mekonin
Background: Risky sexual behavior is any behavior such as having multiple sexual partners, inconsistent use of condom, Sex with casual
sex or commercial sex worker, and substance use. Currently studying sexual behavior of youth is important to realize the existing gap
as youth are at risk of contracting STI including HIV/AIDS and their related consequence.
Objective: To determine magnitude of risky sexual behavior and associated factors among Students in Robe Technical Vocational
Educational Training College in Robe town, Bale zone, Oromia regional state, Ethiopia, 2018.
Methods: Institutional based cross-sectional study was conducted from March-April 2018. A total of 345 students were selected using
stratified sampling technique. The data were collected using structured, pretested, and self-administered questionnaire. Data were
entered using Epi data version 3.1 and analyzed by SPSS version 20 statistical software. Descriptive statistics, binary and multivariable
regression analysis was used to determine the associated factors. Adjusted Odds ratio with 95% confidence interval was used to measure
the strength of association and p-value<0.05 used to declare statistical significance.
Results: Three hundred twenty eight students participated in this study making a response rate at 95.1%. One hundred ninety (36.3%)
of participants reported ever had sexual activity, from sexually active respondents those practice risky sexual behavior are 92 (28%).
Variables significantly associated to risky sexual behavior recorded were; male sex (AOR=3.10; 95% CI: (1.32, 7.31), not drinking alcohol
(AOR=0.62; 95% CI: 0.17, 0.77) and parental control AOR=0.59; 95% CI: 0.21, 0.81).
Conclusions and recommendations: Study indicated that significant segment of sexual risky behaviors among students of the TVET
(Technical Vocational Educational training) College Risky sexual practice, multiple sexual partners and inconsistent condom use.
Therefore, the needs of youth reproductive health in the College through strengthening BCC on risk perception; life skill training, peereducation,
availing services and working with stalk holders is recommended.