Research Program of Adolescent HIV Prevention Strategies

In Africa, HIV is having a devastating impact on young people. Globally, youth aged 15 to 24 account for almost one third of all new infections. There are unique challenges to implementing adolescent-friendly policies and HIV prevention programs. More research is needed to inform HIV prevention strategies focusing on youth.

Members of the Canada Africa Prevention Trials Network (CAPTN) are undertaking two research projects to better understand risk-taking behaviour among youth in South Africa and Uganda. The first study will use a longitudinal study design to evaluate the increase in risky sexual behaviour among young males following circumcision.

The second study will use a health behaviour survey to evaluate risk-taking behaviours among school-based adolescents in Entebbe, Uganda. Researchers will conduct interviews with health and education officials in Entebbe to assess acceptance levels for school-based HIV intervention strategies. Both studies will inform adolescent-centered HIV prevention strategies to engage and protect African youth from this devastating disease.

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Start Date

Thursday, June 14, 2012

End Date

Friday, March 14, 2014


15 months

IDRC Officer

Cohen, Marc

Total funding

CA$ 50,000


Uganda, South Africa, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Canada


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Rusha Govender

Project Leader

Dr. George Miiro


Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

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