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Review Article

Year: 2017 | Month: December | Volume: 7 | Issue: 12 | Pages: 221-233

Effectiveness of School-Based, Peer-Led Sexual Health Interventions in Increasing STIS/HIV Knowledge amongst Adolescents: A Systematic Review

Nelsensius Klau Fauk1, Elisabeth Kristanti2, Melkianus Ratu3, Atik Ambarwati4

1 Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change, Jl. R. W. Monginsidi II, Kupang,
East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
2 Timor University, Jl. Km 09, Kelurahan Sasi, Kefmenanu, NTT, Indonesia.
3 Nursing Academy of Belu Regency, Jl. Wehor, Atambua, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia.
4 Yayasan Kartini Indonesia, Dukuh Margokerto, Bangsri, Jepara, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

Corresponding Author: Nelsensius Klau Fauk


Background: The spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and early pregnancy among adolescents have become public health problems in many settings. School-based, peer-led sexual health education aimed at addressing these issues is extremely important. This systematic review assesses the effectiveness of school-based, peer-led interventions in increasing STIs and/or HIV-related knowledge amongst adolescents in low- middle- and high-income countries.
Methods: A systematic search of English literature was conducted on 5th and 6th July 2017. The following databases were searched: PubMed, ERIC and the Cochrane. A hand search of reference lists was also conducted. Eight studies were selected for the systematic review. Inclusion criteria were: studies investigating peer-led interventions for adolescents in a school setting in which the main or one of the components was the improvement of knowledge regarding STIs and HIV/AIDS, and studies that made use of a comparison group.
Results: Six out of eight included studies showed significant effects on the targeted outcome ‘knowledge’, whereas one intervention showed no effects at all and one intervention only showed partial success in terms of the increase of knowledge. Interventions varied widely, and the selection criteria used to recruit peer educators and their training have a major influence on the effectiveness of the interventions.
Conclusions: School-based, peer-led education on STIs/HIV and early pregnancy prevention has shown to be effective in terms of increasing level of knowledge. Factors of success identified in this review were the use of selection criteria to recruit peer educators and the amount of training peer educators received. This study’s findings indicate the need for intervention development or policy making focusing on increasing the quality of peer-education methods by adequately recruiting peer educators and providing them with sufficient training.

Key words:School-based, Peer-led Sexual Health Interventions, STIs/HIV Knowledge, Adolescents, low-, middle- and high-income countries.

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