“Sexual orientation is essentially a private and personal issue.As adolescents enter the larger world, they are increasingly influenced by their peers and by adults other than their parents or guardians.Rigorous evaluations are needed to assess whether adolescent sexual health interventions have an effect on young people's risk-related perceptions and behaviors.
Effects were much more limited among men, although evidence from Cameroon and Botswana suggests that men were less likely after the intervention than before to have multiple or casual partners.
The Cameroon intervention, the most successful of the four, used multiple communications media (including radio and peer education) and reached nine in 10 adolescents; the Botswana program also reached a high proportion of the target audience.
The same statistical models, using data from baseline and postintervention surveys, were employed to study each intervention; the results are presented within the framework of the Health Belief Model.
The interventions were associated with improvements in a variety of health perceptions among women, including perceptions of benefits of and barriers to protective behavior; for women, the interventions also had positive impacts on contraceptive use.
By Richard Ammon Global March 2011 (updated November 2014) Also see Gay Botswana New & Reports By coincidence I arrived in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, on a quiet yet historic day of human rights in Botswana: for the first time ever a law suit was filed against the government of Botswana claiming that the existing law criminalizing homosexual behavior (not ‘being’ homosexual) is unconstitutional.