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Barriers to Sexual Health Services for Young People in Nepal

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)
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  • Public Health
  • Barriers
  • Condom
  • Health Education
  • Health Services
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Sex Behaviour
  • Sexual Health
  • Sexual Health Services
  • Nepal
  • Economics
  • Education


Although sexual and reproductive health education and services are provided to young people, currentrates of HIV infection and pregnancy are increasing in Nepal, indicating that young people do not alwaysuse sexual health services. Health facilities have apparently failed to provide young people with specializedsexual health education and services. This study explored the barriers to using sexual health services, includingcondom-use among young people in Nepal. Participants from 10 focus groups and 31 in-depth interviews,carried out by a same-sex researcher, reported many socioeconomic, cultural and physicalnorms that impose barriers to accessing information on sexual health and relevant services. It is concludedthat the establishment of youth-friendly service centres in convenient places might help encourage youngpeople to use sexual health services.Key words: Barriers; Condom; Health education; Health services; Qualitative studies; Sex behaviour; Sexualhealth; Sexual health services; NepalDOI: 10.3329/jhpn.v28i6.6611J HEALTH POPUL NUTR 2010 Dec;28(6):619-627

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