Canadian studies have examined patterns of sexual behaviour and health based on age, gender, and geographical regions, but typically ignored the increasing ethnic diversity in Canada’s population. In large part this is because sampling techniques tend to produce insufficient numbers of youth in specific ethnic groups for detailed analysis. This paper presents a profile of the sexual experiences of African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) youth using data collected in a survey (n = 510) with ACB youth age 16–25 years living in the Windsor/Essex County region of Ontario, Canada. Data were examined for differences among the three ethno-racial groups in combination with differences between Muslims and Christiana, and males and females. In this predominantly heterosexual sample (95%), nearly ¾ of the Black and Caribbean youth reported sexual intercourse experience compared to well under ½ of the African youth. Overall, African were less experienced than Caribbean and Black youth and, within the African group, Muslim less than Christian youth. This included age of initiating various sexual activities, number of partners, use of condoms, and experiences of either non-volitional or non-relational sex. Alcohol in connection with sexual activity and multiple partners within a single month were rare. The Black and Caribbean participants reported sexual experiences and had a sexual profile that was closest to that of Canadian youth. Given the increasingly multicultural profile of Canada, these findings support the importance of research on distinct ethno-racial groups in Canada to inform the delivery of sexual education and health policy and programming.


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