Evaluation of a school-based HIV prevention intervention among Yemeni adolescents

Evaluation of a school-based HIV prevention intervention among Yemeni adolescents

School-based peer education intervention for HIV prevention in Yemen

Yemeni youth are experiencing increased pre-marital sex, peer pressure to engage in risky behaviour, and changing lifestyle norms. This article describes an evaluation of a school-based peer education intervention for HIV prevention among students in 27 high schools in Aden, Yemen.

The paper finds that the school-based peer education intervention has successfully achieved its goals:

  • although there was a significant difference among schools, the intervention effect of peer education at the individual level was significant.
  • students who received peer education had a statistically higher knowledge score compared with those not targeted.
  • precisely, they had better knowledge on the modes of transmission and prevention (including knowledge on the use of condoms) and fewer misconceptions.
  • in addition, students who received the peer education interventions suggested significantly more actions to provide care and support for people living with HIV (PLWH).
  • also, the levels of stigma and discrimination were much lower among those who received the peer education intervention.

The document concludes that HIV education among school adolescents is possible in very conservative settings. This is evident in light of that the interventions were addressed in a culturally sensitive manner, and all key stakeholders were involved in the early stages of the interventions.

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