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Qualitative Evidence of Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health Experiences in Uganda

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Abstract:

In the last decade, young people have emerged as the group with the fastest growing HIV incidence in Sub-
Saharan Africa. Although, both HIV and adolescent pregnancy have been decreasing in Uganda over the
last 15 years, HIV prevalence is still unacceptably high at 6.4%, and 25% of 15 to 19-year-olds in 2007 were
pregnant or had already had a live birth. This report draws on 103 semistructured in-depth interviews with 12 to 19-year-old males and females, in school and out of school, from urban and rural areas, to learn about adolescents risk and protective behaviors related to HIV and unintended pregnancy.