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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-33

Performance of audio-assisted confidential voting interview for assessment of sexual behavior among young adults in Chandigarh Union Territory


1 Senior Technical Specialist, FHI, New Delhi, India
2 Additional Professor, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER School of Public Health, Chandigarh, India
3 Director, Centre for Global Health Research, University of Toronto, Canada
4 Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER School of Public Health, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajesh Kumar
Professor & Head, PGIMER, School of Public Health, Chandigarh - 160 012
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.82542

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A cross-sectional study was conducted in Chandigarh Union Territory to evaluate the performance of an audio-assisted confidential voting interview (AVI), for assessing the sexual behavior among young adults aged 20 - 34 years. Using systematic random sampling 625 males and 630 females were interviewed alternately, either by AVI or by face-to-face interview (FFI). More men revealed having sex with men in AVI (2.6%) than FFI (0.6%) (P 0.06). Women reported having sex with non-regular partners more often in AVI (4.8%) compared to FFI (0.3%) (P < 0.001). AVI performed better than FFI for eliciting sensitive sexual behaviors.


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