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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Masters
Title Determinants of non-adherence to recommended preventative methods for sexual transmission of HIV among 15-24 year olds in Livingstone (Zambia)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
URL http://umkn-dsp01.unisa.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10500/774/dissertation.pdf?sequence=1
This qualitative study was done in Livingstone, Zambia, and used focus group discussions to investigate the reasons that youths aged 15 to 24 years see as justifying, or compelling, their non-use of recommended methods for prevention of sexual transmission of HIV. It focused on four methods, namely abstinence, condom use, voluntary counseling and testing, and mutual faithfulness.

The study found that non-adherence to HIV preventative methods is linked to variables in the process of adolescent growth and development, to contextual variables in society, to characteristics of products and services associated with these HIV preventative methods, and to disease characteristics of HIV itself. A key conclusion of this study is that to improve the effectiveness of HIV prevention programs among the youths it is essential that factors that hinder adherence to preventative methods are recognized and addressed.

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