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Ruth Namembezi Bite

"In Uganda, sexual education is not included in the academic curriculum, so very few schools offer it. Young people lack the opportunity to learn about sexuality from school, and even parents shy away from discussing it with their children due to cultural taboos. Most of the youth end up searching for information on the internet or getting it from their peers. Even with the introduction of comprehensive sex education in schools, the government is only emphasizing prevention. For instance, when it comes to STIs, one of the most stigmatized topics, they teach only preventive measures and assume that youth/adolescents are not affected and are safe or healthy. They teach them to prevent STIs but do not cover broader aspects such as testing or treatment."

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