What is it about?

The present study describes a series of interviews with 25 women living in Kathmandu (13 individual interviews and 2 focus-group discussions) about their knowledge and experiences related to sex and sexual health. Overall, the women described sex as primarily under the control of men. Sex and sexual health were viewed as taboo discussion topics, and formal sex education was perceived as minimally available and far from comprehensive.

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Why is it important?

This formative study can inform future programs aimed at reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infection and HIV in Nepal and empowering women on issues of sexual health and well-being.


While some of my research colleagues were skeptical about whether I would be able to get Nepali women to talk openly about sex, the women who participated in the study really appreciated the opportunity to talk about their personal experiences and feelings around sexuality and sexual health.

Dr. Michelle R. Kaufman
Johns Hopkins University

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This page is a summary of: Unveiling the silence: women's sexual health and experiences in Nepal, Culture Health & Sexuality, July 2014, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2014.937462.
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