Accessing Sexual Health Information Online: Use, Motivations and Consequences for Youth With Different Sexual Orientations


We examine reasons why youth of different sexual orientations look for sexual health information online, and what, if anything, they do with it. The Teen Health and Technology study involved online surveys of 5542 Internet users, ages 13 through 18 in the United States. Searching for sexual health information online was reported frequently and varied significantly by sexual orientation: from 19% of heterosexual youth to 78% of gay/lesbian/queer youth.

The Hookup: Collaborative Evaluation of a Youth Sexual Health Program Using Text Messaging Technology


The Hookup is a collaborative project reaching young people in California with valuable sexual and reproductive health information and linkage to local resources. Due to limited access to subscriber contact information, it has been a challenge to evaluate the program.

The aims of this study were to determine the feasibility of using text messaging (short message service, SMS) as an evaluation tool for an educational text message-based program and to evaluate the program itself.

Evaluation of the Kǫ̀ts’iìhtła ("We Light the Fire") Project: Building Resiliency and Connections Through Strengths-Based Creative Arts Programming for Indigenous Youth


Fanian, S., et al. (2015). Evaluation of the Kǫ̀ts’iìhtła ("We Light the Fire") Project: Building resiliency and connections through strengths-based creative arts programming for Indigenous youth. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 74. doi:10.3402/ijch.v74.27672


TAPESTRIES OF HOPE: Film, youths and HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa

In Commonwealth Youth and Development, Vol. 12, Issue 1 (2014)


Xplore Health Discussion Game for Youth HIV/AIDS Education

"This discussion game gives young people the opportunity to investigate issues around how to prevent HIV, access to treatment and how to avoid stigma and discrimination of infected people. The game asks youngsters to consider a number of statements and situations concerning the social and ethical issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

Youth sexual health improvement in Estonia, 1990–2009: The role of sexuality education and youth-friendly services

The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 351–362 (doi:10.3109/13625187.2012.696751)

Kai Haldre, Kai Part, and Evert Ketting



HACEY's Health Initiative: 5-Year Activity Report

"HACEY’s Health Initiative, also known as HACEY, is a Nigerian non-governmental organization founded in 2007 committed to empowering and supporting children, women and young people on health and environmental issues as it relates to them, and providing human capacity development to achieve a healthy and sustainable society."

HIV/AIDS is one of the core programming areas of HACEY's work.

Fear appeals in HIV-prevention messages: Young people's perceptions in northern Tanzania


The aims of the study were to elicit the perceptions of young people in Tanzania on the role of fear appeals in HIV-prevention messages and to identify important contextual factors that may influence young people's perceptions of HIV-prevention posters.

ReCharge zine by Positive Youth Outreach

Created by the Positive Youth Outreach program of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, ReCharge is a zine by and for young people living with HIV.

Click below to virtually flip through the most recent issue and to check out previous issues dating back to 2007.

Analysis from the national AIDS strategic plans on HIV and young people

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This 2010 report by the Global Interagency Task Team on HIV and Young People, which covers the year ranges 2004–2010 and 2010–2015, analyzes the national AIDS strategic plans for 90 countries that are available at the UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The review and the analysis is done with a focus on the priority area on empowering young people to protect themselves from HIV.

Connecting Youth with Youth: A Guide to Youth and HIV/AIDS-related Programs and Projects across Canada

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This guide prepared by the Canadian AIDS Society in 2004 is all about connecting youth, youth workers, and community-based organizations serving youth with each other to ensure that youth have the information and supports they need in their own communities on HIV/AIDS and related issues.

Move together now: Community and youth mobilisation for HIV prevention among young people in Uganda


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This guide aims to equip users with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to build the capacity of communities and young people to work together to address the sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including HIV, needs of young people. The guide will help you to work in participatory ways with young people, and the adults who influence their lives, at all stages of the community mobilization process to:

HIV/AIDS among youth in urban informal (slum) settlements in Kenya: What are the correlates of and motivations for HIV testing?

BMC Public Health 2011, 11: 685


Although HIV counseling and testing (HCT) is widely considered an integral component of HIV prevention and treatment strategies, few studies have examined HCT behavior among youth in sub-Saharan Africa – a group at substantial risk for HIV infection. In this paper we examine: the correlates of HIV testing, including whether associations differ based on the context under which a person gets tested; and the motivations for getting (or not getting) an HIV test.

The Young Gay Guys Guide to Safer Gay Sex

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Published in May 2011 by Junkets Publisher based in Cape Town, South Africa / Email info.junkets[at]iafrica[dot]com if you would like to purchase a copy for R80.00

A Systematic Examination of the Use of Online Social Networking Sites for Sexual Health Promotion

In recent years social networking sites (SNSs) have grown rapidly in popularity. The popularity of these sites, along with their interactive functions, offer a novel environment in which to deliver health promotion messages. The aim of this paper is to examine the extent to which SNSs are currently being used for sexual health promotion and describe the breadth of these activities.


The World Starts With Me: A multilevel evaluation of a comprehensive sex education programme targeting adolescents in Uganda

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This 2011 paper evaluates the effect of the World Starts With Me (WSWM), a comprehensive sex education programme in secondary schools in Uganda. The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of WSWM on socio-cognitive determinants of safe sex behaviour (delay; condom use and non-coercive sex).

WSWM was first introduced in 30 secondary schools in Uganda in September 2003

Young people's experiences of HIV and AIDS education

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This briefing is a summary of the key findings from an on-line survey that was carried out by the Sex Education Forum from March–May 2011 to get an up-to-date picture from young people about HIV and AIDS education.

Get SHARP! The Zine

Check out this youth-created zine on healthy relationships, love, condoms, beauty, and more:

Positve Spaces magazine (AIDS Committee of York Region)

First issue (March 2011) of a new magazine produced by the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) that showcases creative arts-based expression and awareness around HIV and AIDS. Check out the many personal stories, poems, paintings, and other artwork by youth associated with ACYR!

Ledge Magazine (AIDS, Sex, and Trust on Campus issue)

"AIDS, Sex and Trust: Where is the Love?" is the debut issue of Ledge Magazine released in Fall 2004.

Face of Global Sex 2010 report (Durex Network)

The Durex Network’s 2010 Face of Global Sex report focuses on 15 European countries and examines the sexual health knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of young people in these countries. It explores differences in levels of KAP and whether they can be explained by age, gender, age at first sex education, country or region of residence, source of sex education or relationship status.

The main research question addressed by this study is: What is the level of positive reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices among European young people aged 15 to 20 years?

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