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  1. How reliable are reports of early adolescent reproductive and sexual health events in demographic and health surveys?

    CONTEXT: Age at sexual debut, age at first marriage or first union and age at first birth are among the most widely used indicators of health and well-being for female adolescents. However, the accuracy of estimates for these indicators, particularly for younger adolescents, is poorly understood. METHODS: For each of nine countries in Africa and Latin America, Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data from two surveys conducted five years apart were used to examine women’s reports of age at sexual debut, marriage or first union, and first birth. …

  2. Prevalence of pattern of risky behaviors for reproductive and sexual health among middle- and high-school students

    This research aimed to establish the prevalence and factors associated with the pattern of risky behavior for reproductive and sexual health (PRBRSH) among secondary education students in Santa Marta, Colombia. A cross-sectional study was done. The PRBRSH was defined as having had two or more out of four possible risky sexual practices across the lifetime. Logistic regression was calculated to control for confounding variables. In total, 804 students reported lifetime sexual intercourse. PRBRSH was reported by 36.1% of the sample. …

  3. Descripción de los conocimientos, actitudes, susceptibilidad y autoeficacia frente al VIH/SIDA en un grupo de adolescentes colombianos

    The objective of this research is to describe and compare correct knowledge, incorrect ideas, attitudes, susceptibility and self-efficacy in cases of HIV/AIDS in a group of Colombian adolescents. The sample consists of 222 adolescents of both sexes between the ages of 10 and 18. (Average 14.10 and a typical deviation of 1.925), who belong to a public institution in the city of Cali. This is descriptive correlational research (Montero and León, 2005). The information was gathered by the application of the Colombian adaptation of the HIV-65 scale (Bermúdez, Buela-Casal and Uribe (2005), which measures knowledge, attitudes, susceptibility, and self-efficacy in cases of HIV/AIDS. The results show that the scale obtaining the highest score is that of incorrect knowledge, which suggests that there are still erroneous and mythical concepts about HIV/AIDS. It was also found that there are different meanings depending on age, academic level and sex.

  4. VIH/SIDA: la situación en Colombia

    La feminización de la epidemia está ocurriendo gradualmente a nivel nacional y en algunas regiones esta realidad es evidente desde hace varios años. Se observa a nivel nacional un progresivo cambio del patrón predominante de transmisión homosexual hacia el predominio de la transmisión por coito heterosexual, particularmente evidente en la región nor-oriental (Santander y Norte de Santander) y en los departamentos de la región Caribe, donde el número de nuevas infecciones en mujeres jóvenes ha aumentado a mayor velocidad que en hombres de la misma edad desde comienzos de los noventa.

  5. Riesgo de VIH/SIDA en la mujer: no es cuestión de estrato socioeconómico

    Resultados de un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal realizado con el propósito deidentificar los factores protectores y de riesgo para VIH/SIDA en mujeres de clase socioeconómica alta de Cali, Colombia, por reconocer la situación de vulnerabilidad en una población que por sus condiciones socioeconómicas y culturales ha sido apartada y señalada como una población poco vulnerable a este tipo de situaciones de salud.

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