Uganda Virus Research Institute, Uganda
Title: Contraception and Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases among Adolescents and Young Adults in Uganda
Peter Kisakye Kiwanuka is a Research Assistant ,Uganda Virus Institute and has done a number of research in Public health with much expertise in Sexual transmitted diseases, sexual behavior characteristics and development. He has developed a number of research using social marketing strategies as basic key components in research methodology targeting both adults in communities and youth/children at school level and his concepts has captured a number of research finding in Uganda.
In Uganda young children under sixteen years and adults between 20 to 28 years have Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area, Painful or burning urination, Discharge from the penis, Unusual or odd-smelling vaginal discharge, Unusual vaginal bleeding, Pain during sex, Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread, Lower abdominal pain aged .With children under 16 years have clear knowledge of sex and have played sexual intercourse with their counterparts. This early exposure to sexual behavior has resulted into high rate of sexually transmitted infections that has caused genital warts, genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea , Trichomoniasis and HIV amony adolescents and young adults in Uganda. Most vulnerable and risk groups includes students,Tax conductors,Mororcylists,and street children. Through study research, it was discovered that most were infected by their mothers during child bath while others from person to person contact in blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. The majority of adolescents and young adults have a negative attitude towards the use of condoms for safer protected sex. Increased awareness, hospital visits for blood screening, condom use, proper use of contraceptives, increased sensitization are among recommendations Uganda can take as best interventions for sexually transmitted diseases.