Barriers to Sexual Health Services for Young People in Nepal

Authors

  • Pramod R Regmi Section of Population Health, University of Aberdeen
  • Edwin van Teijlingen Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University and Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Purbanchal University
  • Padam Simkhada Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Purbanchal University and School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield
  • Dev Raj Acharya School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v28i6.6611

Keywords:

Barriers, Condom, Health education, Health services, Qualitative studies, Sex behaviour, Sexual health, Sexual health services, Nepal

Abstract

Although sexual and reproductive health education and services are provided to young people, current
rates of HIV infection and pregnancy are increasing in Nepal, indicating that young people do not always
use sexual health services. Health facilities have apparently failed to provide young people with specialized
sexual health education and services. This study explored the barriers to using sexual health services, including
condom-use among young people in Nepal. Participants from 10 focus groups and 31 in-depth interviews,
carried out by a same-sex researcher, reported many socioeconomic, cultural and physical
norms that impose barriers to accessing information on sexual health and relevant services. It is concluded
that the establishment of youth-friendly service centres in convenient places might help encourage young
people to use sexual health services.

Key words: Barriers; Condom; Health education; Health services; Qualitative studies; Sex behaviour; Sexual
health; Sexual health services; Nepal

DOI: 10.3329/jhpn.v28i6.6611

J HEALTH POPUL NUTR 2010 Dec;28(6):619-627

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Regmi, P. R., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., & Acharya, D. R. (2010). Barriers to Sexual Health Services for Young People in Nepal. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 28(6), 619–627. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v28i6.6611

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