Cybersenga: Ugandan youth preferences for content in an Internet-Delivered Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programme

  • S Bull
  • D Nabembezi
  • R Birungi
  • J Kiwanuka
  • M Ybarra
Keywords: Internet, HIV prevention, Uganda, Adolescent health


Objective: To ascertain Ugandan youth access to complete information about sexual health and identify preferences for website design and content for a comprehensive sexuality education program.
Methods: Qualitative focus group discussions with 15 youth enrolled in secondary school, levels S1-S3
Results: Youth get inconsistent information about sexual health that is incomplete at best and erroneous at worst. Information sources of information include family members, teachers and peers. Ugandan youth perceive the concept of receiving Internet-based sexuality information as a way to obtain private and credible information. They appreciate content that is tailored to the Ugandan culture, particularly the use of a Senga to deliver information. The Senga is the name given to a paternal Aunt, who traditionally is charged with teaching and advising on matters related to marriage and adulthood.
Conclusions: With increasing access to and use of the Internet in Sub-Saharan Africa, coupled with continued high rates of HIV prevalence, using the Internet to deliver comprehensive sexual health information is feasible and acceptable. Ugandan youth like the idea and have particular appreciation for a program that offers information that is culturally relevant for them.

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