Secondary abstinence

Export Indicator

Percentage of young women and men aged 15-24 who never had sex in the last year of those who ever had sex.
What it measures

This indicator is a measure of sex among young people. A high score on this indicator refl ects a failure of prevention messages stressing abstinence. Given that young people should be the focus of education and prevention programs, deciding to abstain from sex after having precocious sexual activity would be a desired program outcome. This indicator measures changes in what may be culturally and socially ascribed norms for early sexual activity. Where programs are advocating a delay of fi rst sex or abstinence, the indicator should show a decrease.


Number of women and men aged 15-24 who never had sex in the last 12 months


Number of women and men aged 15-24 who ever had sex

Method of measurement

In a survey among people aged 15-24, respondents are asked about their sexual partnerships in the last twelve months and before.
The indicator should be reported separately for men and women.

Measurement frequency

Every 2-3 years


Education: N/A

Gender: Male, Female

Geographic location: N/A

Pregnancy status: N/A

Sector: N/A

Target: N/A

Time period: N/A

Type of orphan: N/A

Vulnerability status: N/A

Explanation of the numerator
Explanation of the denominator
Strengths and weaknesses


Further information