Family planning and sexual behavior in the era of HIV/AIDS: the case of Nakuru District, Kenya

Stud Fam Plann. 2000 Mar;31(1):69-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2000.00069.x.


Recently, the prevalence of contraceptive use has increased in Kenya. The twin risks of unwanted pregnancy and HIV/AIDS infection remain central concerns of reproductive health programs. However, we do not know how sexually active men and women perceive these risks, nor the strategies they consider appropriate to cope with these risks, nor the difficulties they face in trying to adopt appropriate sexual behaviors to minimize them. This study seeks to provide insights into perceptions, coping strategies, and constraints in the changing behavior of sexually active people in Nakuru District, Kenya. Twelve focus-group discussions were conducted, the results of which show that people in the study area consider the two risks to be serious problems, but that they neither use condoms within marriage nor refuse their partners sex even if they perceive a risk of acquiring HIV. These findings call for serious efforts toward fostering behavioral change in this area.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Contraception Behavior
  • Family Planning Services*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • HIV Infections / transmission
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Kenya
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / transmission