Peer education efforts implemented in Uganda to improve condom use for HIV prevention
Published on September 25, 2012 at 5:46 AM
Despite Uganda's national HIV prevention campaign that endorses the "ABC-plus" model – "which includes abstinence, being faithful and condom use, as well as measures to prevent the mother-to-child-transmission of HIV and, more recently, methods such as medical male circumcision" -- many young Ugandans do not use condoms consistently during sex, "spurring new measures to promote the prophylactic," PlusNews reports. "The country's HIV prevention strategies have been called into question following a rise in HIV prevalence from 6.4 percent to 7.3 percent over the past five years," the news service writes. The article discusses how many students are more fearful of pregnancy than sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and use emergency hormonal contraception on a regular basis. PlusNews also highlights peer education campaigns aimed at improving condom use rates and knowledge about HIV prevention (9/21).
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