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“Once you join the streets you will have to do it”: sexual practices of street children and youth in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

Overview of attention for article published in Reproductive Health, November 2015
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Title
“Once you join the streets you will have to do it”: sexual practices of street children and youth in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
Published in
Reproductive Health, November 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12978-015-0090-z
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Authors

Lonnie Embleton, Juddy Wachira, Allan Kamanda, Violet Naanyu, Susanna Winston, David Ayuku, Paula Braitstein

Abstract

Adolescents living in HIV endemic settings face unique sexual health risks, and in the context of abject poverty, orphanhood, social marginalization, and discrimination, adolescents may be particularly at-risk of horizontal HIV transmission. Street-connected children and youth are a particularly vulnerable and marginalized population and therefore may be a key population at-risk. We sought to describe the sexual behaviours of street-connected children and youth in order to comprehend their sexual practices and elucidate circumstances that put them at increased risk of contracting HIV utilizing qualitative methods from a sample of street-connected children and youth in Eldoret, Kenya. We recruited participants aged 11-24 years who had lived on the street for ≥ 3 months to participate in 25 in-depth interviews and 5 focus group discussions stratified by age and sex. In total we interviewed 65 street-connected children and youth; 69 % were male with a median age of 18 years (IQR: 14-20.5 years). Participants identified both acceptable and unacceptable sexual acts that occur on the streets between males and females, between males, and between females. We grouped reasons for having sex into four categories based on common themes: pleasure, procreation, transactional, and forced. Transactional sex and multiple concurrent partnerships were frequently described by participants. Rape was endemic to street life for girls. These findings have important policy and programming implications, specifically for the government of Kenya's adolescent reproductive health policy, and highlight the need to target out-of-school youth. There is an urgent need for social protection to reduce transactional sex and interventions addressing the epidemic of sexual and gender-based violence.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 135 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 34 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 11%
Researcher 15 11%
Student > Bachelor 12 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 8%
Other 28 21%
Unknown 20 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 35 26%
Social Sciences 24 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 21 16%
Psychology 19 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 2%
Other 9 7%
Unknown 24 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2019.
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#4,163,740
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Outputs from Reproductive Health
#504
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Outputs of similar age
#99,286
of 358,528 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Reproductive Health
#49
of 98 outputs
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