At the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in , the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents were highlighted, with calls for countries to address both the educational and service needs of young people 1 , 2 while securing the reproductive rights of women and girls 3. Much progress has been made since that time, with heightened awareness that sustaining sexual health in adolescence plays an essential part in reproductive health and wellbeing in later life 4 , 5 , but challenges remain in ensuring access to reproductive health care and education and addressing entrenched gender norms which continue to affect both young women and young men as they manage the transition to adulthood 6. Over the past 30 years the HIV epidemic has played a role in shaping the agenda on adolescent health, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa 7 , 8. Considerable attention has been paid, with reason, to the prevention of HIV infection among young women, given high levels of HIV-incidence in this population in, for example, southern Africa 9. The narrative around protecting young women from HIV infection has influenced the framing of interventions 10 and assumptions around risk and vulnerability being different for adolescent boys and girls
Sexual health issues in adolescents and young adults
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You can help your child by modelling and reinforcing values and beliefs about safety, responsibility, honest communication and respect in relationships by treating your partner with respect and talking about how to stay safe. Most teenagers will experiment with sexual behaviour at some stage — this is a normal, natural and powerful urge in these years. But not all teenage relationships include sex. Teenagers are also maturing emotionally and socially. They might want romantic intimacy and ways to express love and affection.
Adolescent sexuality and its problems
Adolescent sexual activity is increasing globally. Abstinence and a delay in the start of sexual intercourse may be the most effective methods in preventing the consequences of teenage sexual activity. However, these goals are seldom met. With the change in social norms, peer pressure and media influences; teenagers are engaging in premarital sex earlier.
Some parents worry that when it comes to sex, all their child is thinking about is sexual intercourse. That belief is erroneous, and it interferes with communication between the generations. But in fact the opposite is true. As children enter and pass through adolescence those who are the best informed about sexuality are the most likely to postpone intercourse.