Learners’ perspectives on the provision of condoms in South African public schools

by W. E. de Bruin & S. Panday-Soobrayan
AIDS Care – Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV

5 pp. 809 kB
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09540121.2017.1327647?needAccess=true

A stubborn health challenge for learners in South African public schools concerns sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In 2015, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) proposed the provision of condoms and SRHR-services to learners in schools. This study aimed to contribute to the finalisation and implementation of DBE’s policy by exploring learners’ perspectives on the provision of condoms and SRHR-services in schools. The majority of learners did not support condom provision in schools as they feared that it may increase sexual activity. Contrarily, they supported the provision of other SRHR-services as clinics fail to offer youth-friendly services.

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