2009 - 2014 Sexual Health Behaviours Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

The purpose of this health indicator report is to provide information on the sexual health behaviours of residents aged 15 to 49 living in Halton Region and Ontario.

Background

Sexual health is an important component of public health. Healthy sexual practices include, but are not limited to, providing contraception and the prevention and/or management of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs). The Sexual Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevention and Control Protocol (2013) of the Ontario Public Health Standards provides guidelines to prevent and control STBBIs and to promote healthy sexuality for priority populations, people diagnosed with STBBIs, and their partners. The Halton Region Health Department offers many programs and resources surrounding sexual health, which can be found at halton.ca/sexualhealth.

This health indicator report uses data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Key Findings

Ever Having Sexual Intercourse

  • Overall Findings
    • For 2009-2014 combined, 83% of Halton residents aged 15-49 and 85% of Ontario residents aged 15-49 reported ever having sexual intercourse. This difference was not statistically significant.
  • Sex
    • For 2009-2014 combined, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton residents who reported ever having sexual intercourse.
  • Age
    • For 2009-2014 combined, Halton residents aged 15-24 were less likely than residents in all other age groups to report ever having sexual intercourse, and these differences were statistically significant.
  • Age of First Sexual Intercourse
    • For 2009-2014 combined, the median age of first sexual intercourse among Halton residents who had ever had sex was 18 years of age.
    • The median age of first sexual intercourse among Halton males who have ever had sexual intercourse was 17 years of age while for females it was 18 years of age.
  • Number of Sexual Partners
    • For 2009-2014 combined, 7% of Halton residents who have ever had sexual intercourse reported having no sexual partners in the past 12 months, 81% reported having one sexual partner and 12% reported having two or more sexual partners.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

  • Overall Findings
    • For 2009-2014 combined, there was no statistically significant difference in the percentage of Halton and Ontario residents who have ever had sexual intercourse who reported ever being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Sex
    • For 2009-2014 combined, Halton females were more likely than males to report ever being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection. However, this difference was not statistically significant.

Birth Control

  • Overall Findings
    • For 2009-2014 combined, there was no statistically significant difference in the percentage of Halton and Ontario residents aged 15-24 who have had sexual intercourse in the past 12 months who reported that they and/or their partner usually used birth control in the past 12 months.
  • Most Common Types
    • For 2009-2014 combined, the top two forms of birth control used among both Halton and Ontario residents who reported that they usually used birth control in the past 12 months were condoms and the birth control pill.