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Washington Post Examines How "Sengas" Use Role as Paternal Aunt to Educate Youth About Safer Sex, HIV/AIDS in Uganda

February 17, 2004

The Washington Post on Saturday examined how paternal aunts, or sengas, who "traditionally ushered teenagers into the world of adult sex and love in Uganda's rural villages," have "modernize[d]" their role and have become "sengas for hire." People hire the sengas to speak at bridal showers for about $7, and college students consult the sengas, or "aunties," for about $1 a visit. Recognizing that 45% of the people consulting sengas are adolescents and more than 50% of the time they are asking about HIV prevention, the Ugandan government is writing a guidebook for sengas to standardize their advice and is working to develop a licensing program (Wax, Washington Post, 2/14). The complete article is available online.

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2004 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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