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New DGHI Research Shows Strong Relationship Between Community and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Youth in Rural Kenya

November 16, 2009

Duke Global Health Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Eve Puffer found that culture, economy and religion play a major role in sexual activity among youth in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, where there is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

Puffer spent the summer in Muhuru Bay to study why youth are at a high risk for HIV, and the factors that lead them to engage in sexual risk behaviors. She held focus groups with more than 200 members of the community and surveyed more than 300 young adults and their caregivers.

Eve Puffer

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