Social Science Programme / Longitudinal study of Transition to First Sex in Rural South Western Uganda

Lead Research Organisation: MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS

Abstract

It is not well understood what are the social and behavioural factors and their determinants that put young people at risk for HIV infection. We conduct a study among young people who report that they are not yet sexually active, and collect information about various demographic, educational and other social factors and about young peoples opinions and expectations that may be of influence in decision making around first sexual activity and the conditions under which it occurs. The study is then repeated after 2 years. It is expected that this prospective study will help to identify factors that make young people particularly vulnerable to risk taking and thus to the acquisition of HIV infection. This knowledge is hoped to inform health behaviour interventions.

Technical Summary

Purpose: To determine the influence of prior knowledge, attitudes, pre-sexual experiences and social contextual factors on the timing and nature of sexual debut in the Kyamulibwa General Population Cohort (GPC; see separate abstract).||Methods: A special module of questions was designed for the GPC adult medical questionnaire in Round 16 for young people from age 13 to 18 years who reported not to have been sexually active yet. The questionnaire contains questions covering personal background, knowledge and communication surrounding HIV and prevention alternatives, family and community contextual factors, pre-sexual experiences, and general aspirations for the future. The survey has been conducted in 2005 and will be repeated in 2007/2008. It is expected that this prospective study will help to identify factors that make young people particularly vulnerable to risk taking and thus to the acquisition of HIV infection.|

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