Table 2

Reported sexual behaviours among female and male, school-going, sexually experienced adolescents in urban Panama (URB) and rural Indigenous (Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé (CNB)), Panama, 2015–2018

Sexual behaviour—among sexually experienced participants (n=1954)
URB (N=1429)*CNB (n=536)*Difference between region totalsP value between females (both regions)P value between males (both regions)
TotalFemalesMalesP valueTotalFemalesMalesP valueP value
n/N
(%)
n/N
(%)
n/N
(%)
n/N
(%)
n/N
(%)
n/N
(%)
Number of lifetime sexual partners <0.01 0.03 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
 1318/1000 (31.8)217/582
(37.3)
101/418
(24.2)
153/333
(46.0)
77/138
(55.8)
76/195 (39.0)
 2217/1000 (21.7)145/582
(24.9)
72/418
(17.2)
67/333
(20.1)
28/138
(20.3)
39/195 (20.0)
 3 or more465/1000 (46.5)220/582
(37.8)
245/418
(58.6)
113/333
(33.9)
33/138
(23.9)
80/195 (41.0)
Recently sexually active (sex in past month) <0.01 0.89 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
 No268/1429 (18.8)126/802
(15.7)
142/627
(22.7)
399/700
(57.0)
181/316 (57.3)218/384 (56.8)
 Yes1161/1429 (81.3)676/802
(84.3)
485/627
(77.4)
301/700
(43.0)
135/316 (42.7)166/384 (43.2)
Condom use <0.01 <0.01 0.56 <0.01
 Never or only sometimes834/1067 (78.2)501/626
(80.0)
333/441
(75.5)
0.08295/312
(94.6)
119/133 (89.5)176/179 (98.3)
 Always233/1067 (21.8)125/626
(20.0)
108/441
(24.5)
17/312
(5.5)
14/133
(10.5)
3/179 (1.7)
Same-sex sex 0.02 0.09 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
 No1163/1206 (96.4)671/688
(97.5)
492/518
(95.0)
359/395
(90.9)
152/162 (93.8)207/233 (88.8)
 Yes43/1206
(3.6)
17/688
(2.5)
26/518
(5.0)
36/395
(9.1)
10/162
(6.2)
26/233 (11.2)
Forced sex0.380.40 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
 Never1233/1344 (91.7)698/756
(92.3)
535/588
(91.0)
572/660
(86.7)
252/295 (85.4)320/365 (87.7)
 One or more times111/1344
(8.3)
58/756
(7.7)
53/588
(9.0)
88/660
(13.3)
43/295
(14.6)
45/365 (12.3)
Been pregnant (females) or impregnated partner (males) <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
 Nulligravidae1309/1445 (90.6)347/441
(78.7)
962/1004 (95.8)648/683
(94.9)
264/299 (88.3)384/384 (100.0)
 1 or more pregnancies136/1445
(9.4)
94/441
(21.3)
42/1004
(4.2)
35/683
(5.1)
35/299
(11.7)
0/384 (0.0)
  • Values in bold are significant at P<0.05

  • *Denominators change in each category due to the total number of responses per question.