Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

10 October 2011

University freshers often green about dangers of HIV in Kenya

via PlusNews

They arrive at university looking forward to the freedom and challenges that come with life on campus, but researchers say few Kenyan "freshers" are prepared to navigate the murky waters of adult sexual relationships.

"In recent research, which has yet to be filed, we found that 70 percent of freshers [at Egerton University, in Kenya's Rift Valley Province] know how HIV is transmitted, but almost 90 percent have never attended [a] seminar or forum on HIV," said Bernard Kibor, HIV/AIDS coordinator at the university.

According to the Kenya demographic and health survey 2008/2009, 47 percent of women and 58 percent of men have had sexual intercourse by the age of 18, when many young people first start university. Although sex education in schools is part of the country's HIV prevention strategy, many teachers are not trained in the subject and young people often glean their knowledge of sex from their peers.

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