School-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy in adolescents

Kagee, Ashraf ; Mason-Jones, Amanda J. ; Sinclair, David ; Mathews, Catherine ; Hillman, Alex ; Lombard, Carl (2016-11-08)

CITATION: Mason-Jones, A. J. et al. 2016. School-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy in adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11:CD006417, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006417.pub3.

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Background: School-based sexual and reproductive health programmes are widely accepted as an approach to reducing high-risk sexual behaviour among adolescents.Many studies and systematic reviews have concentrated onmeasuring effects on knowledge or self-reported behaviour rather than biological outcomes, such as pregnancy or prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Objectives: To evaluate the effects of school-based sexual and reproductive health programmes on sexually transmitted infections (such as HIV, herpes simplex virus, and syphilis), and pregnancy among adolescents.

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