Health Evidence hosted a 60 minute webinar examining the effectiveness of school-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy in adolescents. Click here for access to the audio recording for this webinar: https://youtu.be/yCeIEQ4OTCc
Amanda Mason-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health, Faculty of Science, University of York led the session and presented findings from her recent Cochrane review:
Mason-Jones A, Sinclair D, Mathews C, Kagee A, Hillman A, & Lombard C. (2016). School-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy in adolescents.Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(11), CD006417
Sexually active adolescents are at risk of contracting HIV and STIs. Unintended pregnancy can have detrimental impact on young people’s lives. This review examines the impact of school sexual education programs on number of young people that contract STIs and number of adolescent pregnancies. Eight cluster randomized control trials, including 55,157 participants are included in this review. Findings suggest there is little evidence that school programs alone are effective in improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adolescents. This webinar examined the effectiveness and components of interventions that prevent HIV, STIs and adolescent pregnancy.