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Youth in peer group HIV/AIDS care and prevention initiatives.
Addo SK; District Medical Office AIDS Control Programme, Lira, Uganda.
December 30, 1998
Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1004 (abstract no. 60007). Unique Identifier :

ISSUE: Influencing positive behaviourial change among the youth require creative interventions using peers. PROJECT: Targeting Youth as a vulnerable group in the HIV/AIDS Scurge an intervention in Lira Commune using Youths (16-25 Years) was designed. Using Government/donor Support, Over 200 Youths were trained on facts about HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted infections (STI), Counselling, Social Mobilization and work and sent to their parishes backed y support supervision. RESULTS: STI-Clinic attendance increased 3 fold due to peer referrals. Home based care for people with AIDS improved as each made at least 10 visits/month to offer assistance and report on health state. HIV/AIDS Sensitization in the district shot up to above 90% and peer to peer discussions easily held with less regard to taboo topics. LESSONS LEARNED: Youth Programmes implemented by Youth are more successful because Sensitive Communication barriers are eliminated.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/ TRANSMISSION Adolescence *Developing Countries Education Female *Health Education Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Male *Peer Group Sexually Transmitted Diseases/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION Uganda

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