Promoting Partner Reduction: Helping Young People Understand and Avoid HIV Risks from Multiple Partnerships

March 2013 - Reports, Guidelines, and Tools

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Kirby, D., R. Dayton, K. L’Engle, et al. FHI 360 (2012).

To address the lack of programs focusing on multiple sexual partners among youth, FHI 360, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development’s Integrated Youth Working Group, developed the resource,Promoting Partner Reduction: Helping Young People Understand and Avoid HIV Risks from Multiple Partnerships. The publication includes a set of 17 participatory activities to support youth in various capacities, including educating participants on HIV transmission rates in different types of sexual partnerships; discussing reasons for engaging in multiple sexual partnerships; conducting behavior change communication to reduce partners and practice skills to refuse engagement; and examining the role of gender norms. The activities provide a forum for youth to discuss complex issues, such as transactional sex, and promote behavior change to reduce high-risk behaviors. The youth activities were field-tested in Botswana, Kenya, and the United States, and the resource was piloted by programs in South Africa and Swaziland.

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