A voucher for health: enabling young people in Uganda to access quality sexual and reproductive health services

Case Studies & Research
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
12 p. + 4 p.

Young people in Uganda have significant unmet sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs. This is particularly the case for young people from key populations. The prevalence of HIV among sex workers of all ages is between 35% and 37%, five times higher than the general population. Sex workers also face other serious sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues, including high rates of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The situation for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is also difficult. They face serious challenges in accessing SRHR services at a time in their lives when accessing these services is critical. The Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey (2011) and other studies show these groups to be at high risk of HIV. The 2009 Uganda HIV Prevention Response and Modes of Transmission Analysis estimates 0.61% HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM), while the Crane survey of 300 MSM in Kampala suggests an HIV prevalence of 13.7% (although this was 3.9% for MSM aged 18-24 years).

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