2010. 14 p.
Culture, Health and Sexuality, 12, (6), 663-676
This paper focuses on sexual debut among out-of-school youth in Masaka District, Uganda; factors influencing its timing; and assistance young people feel they need to delay sexual initiation. Data were drawn from a needs assessment using applied anthropological techniques with young people ages 13-19 years. Parents, guardians, and community leaders were also consulted. All participants felt that young people begin their sexual lives too early. Young men feel under pressure from friends and older men to prove their masculinity. Most delay further activity after debut and want assistance to resist the pressure. Young women's debut after physical maturation prompts "pestering" for sex from boys and men who offer gifts. After debut, young women remain sexually active but believe younger women need assistance to resist pressure.
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