How effective is comprehensive sexuality education in preventing HIV?

Evidence Brief

No. of pages: 8

Publication date: 2016

Author: UNFPA ESARO

Publisher: UNFPA ESARO

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This brief discusses the effectiveness of comprehensive sexuality education in preventing HIV, and lists key findings and recommendations.

It concludes that CSE is effective in decreasing HIV risk factors in adolescents and young people, and improving SRH in general, including creating demand for SRH services. When programmes are designed with a gender, empowerment and rights focus, along with appropriately trained staff to deliver CSE through participatory learning approaches, beneficial outcomes have been demonstrated on knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy and SRH outcomes.