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Protecting the Next Generation in Uganda: New Evidence on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs

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Abstract:

As young people grow into adolescence and young adulthood, most will become sexually active and thus be exposed to the dual risks of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), most importantly HIV. Although Uganda's multipronged HIV prevention program consisting of direct programmatic efforts to promote abstinence, monogamy and condom use, as well as a wide range of other strategies to fight stigma, such as outreach to religious leaders successfully contributed to a drop in HIV prevalence in the 1990s, that decline may have reached a plateau.