Sexual Orientations of Students in a Nigerian University and their knowledge of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBTs)
Gay, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBTs)
are a key population for HIV risk globally with 17% of male homosexuals having HIV worldwide.
Male homosexuals also account for 10% of all new HIV infections in Nigeria. The dearth of information about LGBTs in Nigeria makes
it imperative to assess the sexual orientations
of university students as well as their knowledge of LGBTs.
the sexual orientation of students of University of Ibadan
To determine students’ level
of knowledge about LGBTs
research method involving quantitative components (self-administered, semi-structured
questionnaires) and qualitative components (Focus Group Discussions) was adopted
using a multi-stage sampling to select undergraduate and postgraduate students of
University of Ibadan.
had moderate knowledge about LGBTs. Also, 96% of the respondents were identified
as heterosexuals, 0.9% were bisexuals and 2.1% were uncertain about their sexual
orientation. There was no statistically significant association between the socio-demographic
and academic characteristics of the students and their knowledge about LGBT however
there was a statistically significant association between respondent’s knowledge
about LGBTs and personally knowing an LGBT person (X2= 16.040; P= <0.001).
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