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Nigerian youth, especially females, are disproportionately affected by HIV yet remain a neglected subpopulation in the response to HIV. Current HIV-prevention interventions are often not youth-friendly in design and implementation. Youth, therefore, fail to access these services which further worsens their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. This study, implemented between August 2011 and July 2012, sought to provide a comprehensive evidence-based picture of the HIV-related issues facing Nigerian youth and the prevailing legal, policy, and programmatic responses. 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, they collaborated with leading sexual and reproductive health (SRH)/HIV-focused youth-serving NGOs in Nigeria to conduct the following qualitative inquiries: focus-group discussions, in-depth interviews, and key informant interviews with stakeholders regarding SRH/HIV-related issues facing youth. Secondary analyses of national HIV/SRH-related survey datasets were performed. Multivariate analyses using logistic regression were also conducted on datasets.






Towards More Informed Responses to the HIV/AIDS Vulnerabilities of Nigeria's Youth