Assessing the feasibility of adapting a school-based HIV prevention intervention to include Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision and vaccination for Human Papilloma Virus Prevention

Main Article Content

Burmen Barbara
Obunga Joseph
Omollo Mevis
Kennedy Mutai


In 2012, there were 2,454 cases and 1,676 deaths from cervical cancer in Kenya. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is responsible for 99% of all cervical cancers. National cervical cancer prevention guidelines recommend HPV vaccination among HPV-naïve pre-adolescent girls’ prior to onset of sexual activity preferably through school-based interventions. Similarly, Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) programs also reduce sexually transmitted infections like HIV, and ideally should also be conducted prior to the onset of sexual activity. The Families Matter! Program (FMP) is a school-based evidence-based HIV prevention intervention for parents and guardians of pre-adolescents aimed to enhance protective parenting practices in order to reduced sexual risk-taking among adolescents. In this paper we describe how we will recruit a cohort of 55 parent-child dyads in a primary school in Kisumu County then implement and evaluate an adapted FMP program that incorporates VMMC promotion and HPV vaccination in conjunction. It is anticipated that the intervention will enhance parental-child communication about sexual matters, promote safe sexual practices and uptake of biomedical prevention interventions and overall reproductive health among the pre-adolescents

Article Details

Original Articles