Family Planning, HIV/AIDS & STIs, and Gender Matrix: A Tool for Youth Reproductive Health Programming

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International Youth Foundation

Planning for Life aims to improve the health of young men and women ages 10-24 by addressing their reproductive health
needs and by promoting the integration of reproductive health (RH) and family planning (FP) as critical components of youth
development programming. The purpose of the matrix is to provide youth-serving organizations with a guide of topics on
family planning, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and gender; segmenting them by age and marital status.

The matrix can assist technical experts, program managers, health providers, peer educators and others to determine what topics and interventions best fit into their own respective programs while taking cultural paradigms into consideration. The depth of each topic should be viewed within the context of a continuous process, wherein a young person’s knowledge base continues to evolve as they pass through each progressive age group.

Although the topics may be the same, the information provided will differ by age. The tool can be applied in any setting or program serving youth such as schools, outreach and peer education programs, community-based youth services or youth-friendly clinics.

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