Learning Collaborative Measurement Project Summaries
Project summary
4 January 2021

Parents’ and Guardians’ Perceptions of Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Tanzania

Published by: The Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change

Organizations involved

Population Council

Summary

Research conducted by the Population Council (2016-2018) that aims to identify key considerations for introducing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention to adolescent girls and young women in urban and rural Tanzania. Specifically, this project aimed to learn about parents’ and guardians’ attitudes and perceptions of PrEP use by their adolescent and young adult daughters and peers to inform the PrEP implementation process.

Social norms of interest

Sexual and reproductive health

Behaviors of interest

PrEP uptake and HIV prevention

Project components

Formative implementation science research was conducted to identify key considerations for introducing PrEP to adolescent girls and young women in Tanzania. Project team members recognized the importance of learning about parents' and guardians' attitudes and perceptions of PrEP use by their daughters and peers to inform the PrEP implementation process in Tanzania. This project conducted focus group discussions with parents and guardians of adolescent girls and young women.

Social norms measurement

Focus group discussions

Key findings to date

Parents and guardians are in favor of PrEP being used by their daughters due to them being at risk of HIV; parents and guardians actively support adolescent girls and young women using PrEP but need accurate information about PrEP that addresses concerns and misconceptions; Parents and guardians concerns about PrEP centered on PrEP’s effect on girls’ fertility, being perceived as condoning their daughter’s sexual activity, and being left out of their daughters’ decision to take PrEP.

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