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Title:Vulnerability to HIV infection among Luo female adolescent orphans in Western Kenya
Author:Nyambedha, Erick OtienoISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research
Volume:6
Issue:3
Pages:287-295
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:adolescents
girls
orphans
Luo
AIDS
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.2989/16085900709490424
Abstract:In Kenya, the majority of HIV-infected adolescents are females. This paper examines the vulnerability to HIV infection of Luo female adolescent orphans in Nyang'oma division, Bondo district, western Kenya, focusing on the narrative of one 15-year-old female maternal orphan, relating her migratory life. Based on research carried out in 2004/2005, the paper considers the migratory life circumstances that can influence adolescent girls' patterns of sexual behaviour. It concludes that there is a need to look at the changes in the institution of the family, orphaned children's migration patterns, and the broader socioeconomic conditions in the lives of youth in resource-poor settings. Possible intervention strategies include keeping adolescents in school or vocational institutions that can provide life-skills programmes. In addition, HIV prevention strategies should recognize the centrality of the institution of family in protecting children and adolescents from higher-risk behaviour that can lead to HIV infection. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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