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    Research summary. Vulnerability of street and working children to HIV / AIDS.

    Venkatachalam Y

    Vadodara, India, Centre for Operations Research and Training [CORT], 2000. [2] p.

    Street children live and work in conditions that are not conducive for healthy development. They are exposed to the street subculture such as smoking, drug, alcohol and substance abuse, gambling, engaging in sexual activities or selling sex for survival. The few studies that exist on the sexual behaviour of street children show that these children are more prone to high-risk behaviour and are sexually active at an early age. Often such relationships start as abusive. The circumstances in which they live and work increase their vulnerability also to sexual exploitation and abuse and put them at a higher risk of unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and even HIV/AIDS. The problem is further compounded by the lack of access to reproductive health information and services. UNICEF, recognising the magnitude of the problem, has undertaken to promote programmes to reduce children's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, to diminish its impact on children, families and community and to take care of orphans and people living with AIDS. The present study is a situation analysis of children and adolescents carried out CORT to inform programme planning. (excerpt)
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