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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 25, No. 3, 2007, pp. 319-327
Bioline Code: hn07042
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2007, pp. 319-327

 en Knowledge of and Perceptions About Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study Among Adolescent Students in Uganda
Chacko, Sunita; Kipp, Walter; Laing, Lory & Kabagambe, Geoffrey


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.

Adolescents; AIDS; Dual protection; HIV infection; Knowledge, attitudes, practices; Percep­tions; Qualitative studies; Reproductive health; Sexually transmitted diseases; Uganda

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