What is it about?

Whereas several youth in cities are involved in gambling, the sexual risk posed by this practice was not known. This study used a systematic sampling procedure to select two groups of urban youth - those involved in gambling and those not involved. Findings indicated that compared with non gambling youth, the gambling youth have early sexual debut, are involved more in unprotected sex, have multiple sex partners and have a higher frequency of sexual encounters. Further, they are more likely to engage in sex under the influence of alcohol and other forms of drugs. The study recommends for government to enact policies that restrict gambling and for Civil Society Organisations to initiate alternative youth engagement programmes to get them out of gambling and to each them with sexual and reproductive health services.

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Why is it important?

The study exposes, almost for the first time, the sexual risks faced the gambling youth at a time when gambling is rapidly increasing in many cities of the world, especially in Africa.


Undertaking this study and subsequently writing the article was as educating as it was exciting. I hope to gets urban authorities and governments realise that when gambling is still growing unregulated, sexually transmitted diseases will remain on the increase. Hence the need to take appropriate measures.

John Mugisha
Cavendish University Uganda

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This page is a summary of: Sexual risk associated with gambling among the youth in Rubaga Division, Kampala, The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, May 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2804.
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