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Adolescence and Sexuality in the Context of HIV and AIDS: Views and Concerns of Pupils in a Rural Primary School in Kenya
Division of Global Health (IHCAR), Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Division of Global Health (IHCAR), Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Internationell kvinno- & mödrahälsovård/Essén)
2011 (English)In: Child Health and Education, ISSN 1911-7558, Vol. 3, no 2, 122-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

New HIV infections in Kenya have been mostly among young people 15–24 years of age. The Maasai adolescents are an important group to study asthe Maasai have a distinct culture, which in light of current political and socioeconomic changes could be a risk factor for HIV infection. The aim of this study was to explore the views and concerns of school youth on adolescence and sexuality in the context of HIV and AIDS.A qualitative method using self-generated questions was used. The school youth wrote questions on adolescence, sexuality and HIV and AIDS, or those questions they could not ask their parents or other adults for fear or shame. They reported being curious about sex, sexual urge and feelings that they have. They expressedconfusion about adolescence and their experiences as adolescents in terms of both physical and emotional changes. They are also subject to prohibitivesilence from adults to an extent that they express fear of reporting sexual abuse. Relationship between different sexes was reflected as one that needed to be sanctioned; hence the young people wanted to know how they should relate with each other. They had concerns about condom use that indicated they were exposed to the different discourses on condom use. They showed limited knowledge on HIV and AIDS and STIs and also expressed eagerness to know more about them. In conclusion, communication between parents and their children on issues of sexuality needs to be assessed. Interventions for young people that involve the communities should be encouraged.

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2011. Vol. 3, no 2, 122-136 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-168895DiVA: diva2:503913
Available from: 2012-02-17 Created: 2012-02-17 Last updated: 2012-03-15Bibliographically approved

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