Knowledge of and Perceptions About Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study Among Adolescent Students in Uganda.
Journal of Health Population and Nutrition 2007, Sept, 25, 3
Journal of Health Population and Nutrition
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ABSTRACT This article reports the findings of a qualitative research study carried out in Kabarole district, western Uganda. Knowledge of and perceptions about HIV/AIDS and pregnancy and how both relate to one another were elucidated from eight focus-group discussions with 38 female and 32 male secondary students from four different schools. Widespread misinformation and misconceptions about contraceptives still exist as previously found in this area. There was a serious gap in knowledge and understanding of 'dual protection' against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and against pregnancy. Fertility was very highly valued, and many girls stated that they would want a child even if they were HIV positive. Responses of girls showed that they were quite assertive in making decisions to use contraceptives. The reasons for students not being able to understand the interconnectedness of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy may lie in the fragmented fashion in which relevant health education is delivered through two separate programmes.
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Published: 01 September 2007
- Publisher: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh
- Print Length: 26 Pages
- Language: English