This paper presents an overview of key policies and government programmes intended to reduce HIV vulnerability and improve sexual and reproductive health among young people in India, and identifies the extent to which these policies and programmes have addressed the gamut of unique sexual and reproductive needs of young women and men. It also explores the extent to which programmes have been adapted to accommodate state-level differences in the sexual and reproductive vulnerability of youth; the review takes the examples of two states, namely, Andhra Pradesh, characterised by both early marriage and high HIV prevalence, and Madhya Pradesh, characterised by early marriage and low rates of HIV. The review focuses on four programme dimensions: awareness building, service provision, reducing gender disparities and developing a supportive environment.
Santhya, K.G. and Shireen J. Jejeebhoy. 2007. "Young people's sexual and reproductive health in India: Policies, programmes and realities," South & East Asia Regional Working Paper no. 19. New Delhi: Population Council.