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Risky Sexual Behaviours among Migrant Tea Workers in Kenya

by Kennedy Nyabuti Ondimu

Risky sexual relationships are responsible for the rapid spread of sexually transmitted diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study provides information on sexual behaviour among Kenya’s tea plantation workers. It considers the sociological, cultural and demographic factors which are driving risky sexual behaviour, and the barriers to changing behaviour.

The study reveals that despite high awareness about HIV/ AIDS among the tea plantation workers, a big proportion still perceive themselves to be at low risk of infection, and do not consider AIDS to be a serious problem in the community. Moreover, knowledge of effective HIV prevention measures among the workers is still very low; and there are significant misperceptions about HIV transmission and prevention.

The study suggests ways of reducing the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. It recommends a broad-based intervention approach comprising: prevention of STDs through contraception, information and education; abstinence and delayed sexual activity amongst young people; screening; detection and treatment; regulation of alcohol sales; addressing gender based violence; social and economic reforms to provide better care for the HIV positive; testing and antiretroviral treatments.

ISBN 9781904855637 | 144 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2006 | Organisation for Social Science Research, Ethiopia | Paperback

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