+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Opportunities and challenges of sexual health services among young people: a study in Nepal



Opportunities and challenges of sexual health services among young people: a study in Nepal



Journal of Sexual Medicine 6(2): 352-361



It has been well documented that young people are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual activity. Appropriate understanding of safe sex, sexual practices, and related behaviors must recognize the importance of socioeconomic and cultural factors in prevention efforts related to HIV and other sexual transmitted infections (STIs). To examine and summarize the opportunities and challenges of sexual health services among young people in Nepal. Review of literature--assessing knowledge, attitudes, and understanding of sex, sexual health, and related sexual risk behaviors, among young people (15-24), in line with the current sociocultural and health service practices. Medline, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Science, Cochrane database, and Google were searched. Similarly, documents published at the WHO, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Development Program, and at national/local level--Ministry of Health, National Center for AIDS, and STD Control were also assessed to access the relevant reports and articles. Published and gray articles were also reviewed. This study contends growing expansion of communication and transportation networks, urbanization, and urban in-migration is creating a different sociocultural environment, which is conducive to more social interactions between young girls and boys in Nepal. Rising age at marriage opens a window of opportunity for premarital and unsafe sexual activity among young people and this creates risks of unwanted pregnancy, STIs/HIV and AIDS. Socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural factors have been identified as encouraging factors for risk-taking behaviors among young people. Understanding safer sex and responsible sexual/reproductive behavior is important. Effective and appropriate interventions on sexual and reproductive health education directed at young people and the whole family, including fathers, could have significant effect on reducing risk and related risk practices in the context of Nepal.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 054760352

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 18422498

DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.00798.x


Related references

Sexual and reproductive health status among young peoples in Nepal: opportunities and barriers for sexual health education and services utilization. Kathmandu University Medical Journal 6(2): 248-256, 2008

Barriers to Sexual Health Services for Young People in Nepal. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition 28(6): 619-627, 2010

Barriers to sexual health services for young people in Nepal. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition 28(6): 619-627, 2010

Digital media interventions for sexual health promotion-opportunities and challenges: a great way to reach people, particularly those at increased risk of sexual ill health. Bmj 350: H1099, 2015

Opportunities and challenges in school-based sex and sexual health education in Nepal. Kathmandu University Medical Journal 7(28): 445-453, 2010

Supplement: Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health for People Living with HIV: Policies, Programmes and Health Services || Meeting the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of People Living with HIV: Challenges for Health Care Providers. Reproductive Health Matters 15(29): 93-112, 2007

School-linked sexual health services for young people (SSHYP): a survey and systematic review concerning current models, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and research opportunities. Health Technology Assessment 14(30): 1-228 Iii-Iv, 2010

The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services: Challenges and Opportunities. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 68(6): 243-243, 2005

Health care services and the transition to young adulthood: challenges and opportunities. Academic Pediatrics 11(2): 115-122, 2011

O037Predicting Sti risk among people attending sexual health services: Development of a triage tool targeting behavioural interventions among young people. Sexually Transmitted Infections 92(Suppl 1): A14.1-A14, 2016

Evaluating population-level interventions for young people's mental health: challenges and opportunities. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 5(Suppl. 1): 46-51, 2011

Challenges to and opportunities for improving mental health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Ireland: a narrative account. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 23(6): 525-533, 2014

Providing online support for young people with mental health difficulties: challenges and opportunities explored. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 2(2): 108-113, 2008

P149Discussing mental health with young people attending sexual and reproductive health services. Sexually Transmitted Infections 91(Suppl 1): A65.1-A65, 2015

Young people's views on provision of sexual health services. Sexually Transmitted Infections 78(5): 342-345, 2002