Cameroonian preadolescents' perspectives of an HIV prevention intervention

Academic Article


  • Purpose: Determining and incorporating the perspective of the target population is important to the developments of effective and sustainable HIV prevention efforts. Cameroonian preadolescent females remain at high risk for contract-ing HIV and have not benefitted from targeted HIV prevention efforts. In this report, findings are presented from data collected from 60 Cameroonian preadolescent females; ages 10 - 12 years; following their completion of an HIV pre-vention intervention. Methods: The theory-based intervention utilized the World Health Organization’s Responsible Behavior: Delaying Sex curriculum which had been tailored for the target population with the assista nce of Cameroo-nian experts. The data reported here were collected as part of a questionn a ire participan ts comp leted po st-in terventio n. Results: With only a few exceptions, participants perceived the intervention to be appropriate and relevant. No signifi-cant differences were found in participants’ assessment of the intervention across different ages and ethnic groups. Discussion: Evaluating the appropriateness of interventions to the developmental level, gender, and culture of partici-pants is an essential step in developing effective and sustainable interventions. Findings in this study are encouraging and indicate that interventions adapted with the assistance of local experts can be perceived relevant and appropriate by participants.
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 19407383
  • Author List

  • Enah C; Moneyham L; Childs G; Gakumo CA
  • Start Page

  • 43
  • End Page

  • 49
  • Volume

  • 2011
  • Issue

  • 1