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Community Based Youth Friendly Health Services for Rural Youth in the context of HIV & AIDS-COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING DOC.

August 14, 2011 - Community Health Nursing

Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) by a service provider would include:

  1. When a youth comes in for the first time, she or he is greeted. Also, while waiting for the ANM/Nurse/Doctor, clients can access information material on adolescent sexuality and HIV/AIDS/STI prevention displayed at the clinic. Thus, YFHS clinic should have suchmaterial displayed or disseminated through slide show/video film
  2. The health care provider counsels the young people on whatever they have come in for, including all the details like STD tests and testing services nationwide. For example, if youths come in because they think they have an STI, they are treated and told how they can prevent themselves from contracting STIs in the future. A youth being treated for an STI is also asked to bring his or her partner to the clinic as soon as possible
  3. The health care provider then talks to the youth about reproductive or sexual health issues or contraception for preventing teenage/unwanted pregnancies as well as HIV, and the advantages and disadvantages of different methods. This would include teaching them how to use a condom correctly (through the use of a penis model or chart showing different steps to follow for using a condom) or using other contraceptive methods suitable for young people
  4. The health care provider conducts face-to-face counselling to try and change behaviour. For example, they may discuss self-esteem and techniques for saying no to sex, relationships with parents and family, and so forth. They can use peer educators or Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) or any other resources for dealing with the problems of young people.

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