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Background Premarital sex has become more acceptable in China nowadays. The Chinese Family Planning (FP) programme mainly focuses on married couples, and young unmarried women have little access to information or advice about contraception. Abortion is commonly used to end unintended pregnancies in China. This study aimed to determine risk factors related to repeat abortions in Chinese adolescents.

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Background: Despite efforts to improve male involvement (MI), few male partners typically attend antenatal care (ANC). MI in ANC and interventions to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission have been demonstrated to be beneficial for the HIV-positive mother and her child. This study aimed to explore factors influencing partner attendance and highlight interventions with potential to improve MI within a Congolese context.

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Study objectives:
To determine whether integrating post-abortion services in hospital settings in China will increase the contraceptive use and decrease repeat abortion rates.

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This thesis describes contraceptive use dynamics among selected vulnerable populations in Kenya. More specifically, this thesis provides an in-depth analysis of the subject and gives recommendations for family planning programs and policy makers to address the specific needs of these population groups. We studied young urban women, women who have experienced unintended pregnancy, women living in slum settlements and middle class non-slum settlements, female sex workers, migrant and non-migrant women, and sexually active men by assessing the characteristics of those who use modern contraceptives in Kenya.

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Objective
 To assess the prevalence of physical and sexual violence motivated by perception of sexual orientation and gender identity in sexual and gender minorities.
Methods

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Women living with HIV in Africa are at increased risk to be co-infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), persistent high risk (HR) HPV infection and bacterial vaginosis (BV), which compounds HPV persistence, thereby increasing the risk for cervical dysplasia. New guidance from WHO in 2014 advocating for a "screen and treat" approach in resource poor settings is becoming a more widely recommended screening tool for cervical cancer prevention programs in such contexts.

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ackground:
The INPAC project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of integrated post-abortion family planning
(PAFP) services into existing hospital based abortion services in China. A qualitative study was conducted in three
provinces to contribute to developing effective PAFP services through understanding influences on contraceptive
use, experiences of abortion and existing PAFP, and their effect on future contraceptive practices from the perspectiveof users, in the context of social and institutional change.

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In Myanmar, men who have sex with men (MSM) experience high risk of HIV infection. However, access to HIV testing and prevention services remains a challenge among this marginalized population. The objective of this study was to estimate population prevalence and correlates of prior HIV testing among young MSM (YMSM) and informs the development of HIV testing and intervention programmes that respond to the specific needs of this population.

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November 13th Mr. Marc Arbyn defended his thesis: entitled: “Evidence regarding Human Papillomavirus Testing in Secondary Prevention of Cervical Cancer” in Ghent
Venue: auditorium C - UZ Campus Gent – De Pintelaan 185 – 9000 GENT Promotors/supervisors: Prof. dr. Marleen Temmerman, Prof. Dr. John-Paul Bogers & Prof. dr. Steven Weyers.

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Postpartum care (PPC) has remained relatively neglected in many interventions designed to improve maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa. The Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health project developed and implemented a context-specific package of health system strengthening and demand generation in four African countries, aiming to improve access and quality of PPC

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