The objective of this study was to assess the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents living with HIV in Kenya with a view to identifying and developing interventions that integrate these needs within the existing HIV/AIDS treatment, care, and support programs in the country. The study was a result of collaboration between Population Council, APHIA II Rift Valley and Coast (Family Health International), the National AIDS and STI Control Programme, and APHIA II Nairobi and Central (Pathfinder International). Major findings indicate that many of the adolescents living with HIV are vulnerable, and that programmatic gaps exist in addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of HIV-positive adolescents. The project’s recommendations include: strengthening the provision of information and services on family planning and HIV prevention; ensuring effective provision of PMTCT services for HIV-positive adolescents during pregnancy; updating the existing counseling and support packages to include sexual and reproductive health information and services; mechanisms for involving parents/guardians in discussion of sexual and reproductive health issues with HIV-positive adolescents; and strengthening life-skills training for HIV-positive adolescents.
Birungi, Harriet, Francis Obare, Jane Harriet Namwebya, Ibrahim Mohammed, Margaret Gitau, and Margaret Makumi. 2011. "Sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents living with HIV in Kenya," APHIA II Operations Research Project in Kenya Report. Nairobi: Population Council.
AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA II) Operations Research Project