African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 11, No. s1, 2011, pp. S77-S81
Bioline Code: hs11061
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 11, No. s1, 2011, pp. S77-S81
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Condom social marketing program to prevent HIV/AIDS in postconflict Liberia|
Harris, AO; Jubwe, S; Kennedy, SB; Taylor, CH; Martin, RB; Bee, EM; Perry, OS; Massaquoi, MT; Woods, DV & Barbu, EM
Youths in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) account for a large burden of the global HIV/STI crises. As such, strategies directed at promoting behavioral modifications would be critical to reducing the prevalence of risky sexual behaviors among high risk adolescents in post-conflict environments.
This study describes a condom promotion strategy to prevent HIV/STIs among highly vulnerable urban youth in a post-conflict, resource-constrained environment via the provision of both male and female condoms to nontraditional venues like music and photo shops, ice cream parlors, money exchange centers and beauty salons.
Community members in the designated catchment areas volunteered their services and the use of their small businesses to support this endeavor.
Results: In this paper, we describe the condom promotion strategy and its implications within the context of a communitybased participatory social marketing program to prevent risky sexual behaviors among highly vulnerable urban youth in a post-conflict country.
We postulate that this approach may likely increase condom use among urban youth in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia.
Condom Social Marketing, Post-Conflict Liberia, HIV/STI Prevention