oa Professional Nursing Today - Sex education in adolescents - an opportunity for HIV and pregnancy prevention : female adolescent health

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



Extracted from text ... female adolescent health Professional Nursing Today January / February 2006 Vol. 10 No. 1 24 HIV is an ever increasing epidemic, especially in South Africa, where 10% of the infected people worldwide live.1 Of the 5.3 million adults and children living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, 2.9 million are women. The HIV prevalence in people aged 15-18 years is 4.8%, while it is 16.5% in those aged 20-24. 2 The prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is imperative, as they affect the mucosal integrity of the genital tract, increasing the risk of HIV infection in HIV-negative individuals. Furthermore, ..

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