|Publish Year :||2018|
|Publisher :||DREAMS, LEARN, ATHENA Initiative, ICWEA, PIPE|
|Author Name :||Stevenson J., Mworeko L. and Mwaniki R.|
|Link :||Click here|
Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are disproportionately affected by HIV, and can face barriers to access, uptake and use of HIV prevention methods. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new, effective, individually-controlled HIV prevention tool that could benefit some AGYW. This study used qualitative, participatory, peer-led methods to explore the knowledge, views and preferences of AGYW about PrEP, HIV prevention, and sexual and reproductive health and rights more broadly.
In three districts in Uganda and two counties in Kenya, trained young women peer researchers led 10 Community Dialogues with AGYW in their communities. The Community Dialogues each included
AGYW had limited knowledge about PrEP and in some cases confused it with PEP. Information, outreach and sensitization for and by AGYW is needed. Peer-led support and mobilization, continued PrEP and HIV prevention innovation, agency and rights for AGYW, economic empowerment and comprehensive and accurate information were identified by AGYW as a blueprint to make PrEP work for them.