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Socioeconomic Differences in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: Sexually Transmitted Infections

Jennifer Yarger, Mara Decker, Claire Brindis and Meaghen Quinlan-Davidson

No 93544, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) is one of five areas of focus of the World Bank's Reproductive Health Action Plan 2010 - 2015 (RHAP), which recognizes the importance of addressing ASRH as a development issue with important implications for poverty reduction. A couple key messages relayed in this brief as follows: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, present a serious challenge to the health and well-being of adolescents, particularly young women, who are at greater risk of infection; An analysis of data from six countries namely, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nepal, Niger, and Nigeria found that self-reported STIs and symptoms are low among adolescents. Although less than a third of adolescents in any of the countries have comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS, more never-married adolescent women have comprehensive knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention as compared to their ever-married counterparts. Knowledge of STIs is higher in urban than rural areas.

Keywords: Adolescence; adolescent females; adolescent women; adolescents; aged; barrier methods; cervical cancer; complications; developing countries; family planning; female; ... See More + ertility; health care; Health Services; HIV; HIV testing; HIV transmission; HIV/AIDS; infertility; married adolescents; married counterparts; married women; microbicides; Nutrition; Population Knowledge; prevalence; primary education; radio; REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH; Reproductive Healthcare; risk of infection; rural areas; screening; sexual activity; Sexual Behavior; SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS; SOCIOECONOMIC DIFFERENCES; socioeconomic status; STIs; symptom; symptoms; treatment; Unintended Pregnancy; urban areas; vulnerable populations; young people; young women (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2015-01
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