Nov 30, 2010

HIV-Prevention For Youth Must Address Complex Social Factors


According to a study in southern Africa, existing programs to reduce HIV-transmission among young people have been largely unsuccessful because they have improperly interpreted the factors that lead to infection in this demographic. Age, gender, education level, and geography can influence people’s knowledge about HIV and the decisions they make about sex and should be taken into account. In a survey, adolescents named multiple concurrent partnerships and intergenerational, often extramarital, sexual relationships as important drivers in the spread of HIV. Especially young, unemployed women stated that they often entered into such relationships in response to peer pressure, and/or to gain access to financial support. Common misconceptions about HIV also contribute to its spread. Read the article here:

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The leading causes of maternal deaths are hemorrhage, infections, unsafe abortions, high blood pressure leading to seizures, and obstructed labor.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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