"Being Faithful" in a Sexual Relationship: Perceptions of Tanzanian Adolescents in the Context of HIV and Pregnancy Prevention
November 3, 2010
The "B" in the "ABC" HIV prevention strategy stands for being faithful. Little is known, however about what adolescents think about faithfulness and reducing one's number of partners, including their understanding of its implementation within relationships. Because youths face the dual threats of HIV and unintended pregnancy, "it is important to understand how adolescents may integrate their thinking on pregnancy prevention if they are using faithfulness or partner reduction as their HIV prevention strategy," wrote the authors of the current study.
The researchers conducted 20 focus group discussions with 158 adolescents ages 14 to 20. The groups were stratified by age, sex, current school attendance, rural or urban residence, and marital status. The results indicated that "the vast majority" of groups felt the "B" messages are important and relevant for both unmarried and married youths to hear, but that the messages need to be stated explicitly "(e.g., 'being faithful means having only one tested sexual partner at a time')."
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