This report documents the findings of a study implemented between August 2011 and July 2012 that sought to provide a comprehensive, evidence-based picture of the HIV-related issues facing Nigerian youth and the prevailing legal, policy, and programmatic responses. The study was designed to establish a basis for a sharper focus on youth within the national response to HIV. Researchers conducted an analytical review of the relevant literature on factors associated with HIV risk-taking and health-seeking behaviors among young people aged 15–24 in Nigeria. In addition, qualitative and quantitative analyses enabled an evaluation of the factors associated with young people’s sexual risk behavior, HIV-related health-seeking behavior, and the extent of policy and programmatic involvement. The Population Council, in collaboration with leading sexual and reproductive health (SRH)/HIV-focused youth-serving NGOs in Nigeria conducted the following qualitative inquiries: focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, and key informant interviews regarding SRH/HIV-related issues facing youth. The quantitative analysis consisted of secondary analyses of national HIV/SRH-related survey datasets. Multivariate analyses using logistic regression were conducted.
Population Council. 2014. "HIV/AIDS vulnerabilities, discrimination, and service accessibility among Nigeria's youth." Abuja: Population Council.
Towards More Informed Responses to the HIV/AIDS Vulnerabilities of Nigeria's Youth