A study we just published from youth ages 12-18 in the slums of Kampala found that girls report higher self-efficacy to refuse sex than boys. However, when alcohol is factored in, it all changes, and there really are no differences. And most importantly, girls are much more likely than boys to regret alcohol-involved sex. So alcohol clearly plays a significant role. Intervention strategies are needed to empower young women and there needs to be more discussion around alcohol among these girls and young women as they negotiate sex, especially as it seems their drinking levels are increasing. Read the full article.
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