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Understanding the risks and vulnerabilities to HIV and AIDS of Filipino out of school youth

Joyce P. Valbuena, Health Action Information Network (HAIN)
Elma Laguna, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

The study discusses the findings of a quantitative and qualitative study among Filipino out-of-school youth which looked at the social, economic and political factors that affect their lives. Results indicated that out-of-school youth exhibit a more liberal attitude towards sex, with higher percentage engaged in almost all types of sexual practices. Experience of non-sexual risk is also higher, particularly the use of drugs. However, their knowledge of ways to prevent STIs and HIV/ AIDS is low. Small percentage know that use of condom during sex can reduce the risk of HIV infection and fewer are using condom every time they had sex. The lack of guidance and ideal role models, at home and outside of it, contribute to the limited options open for out-of school youth. The study recommends that addressing out-of-school youth concerns on sexual and reproductive health cannot be separated from addressing their own social and psychological well-being.

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Presented in Session 94: Children and youth