Why you should support SRHR literacy program for AYPs.
Published Nov 22, 2021
Every year, there are an estimated 357 million new infections with one of the four Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)globally: chlamydia (131 million), gonorrhoea (78 million), syphilis (5.6 million) or trichomoniasis (143 million).
In many societies, adolescents and young persons (AYPs) have limited access to the right information especially at the point of transitioning from childhood to adulthood because their parents either lack the requisite knowledge and skills to teach them or parents are either busy or feel embarrassed to discuss reproductive health with their children. A survey in Nigeria on the prevalence and predictors of early sexual debut among adolescents reported that an average of 18.6% had sexual debut before their 15th birthday – 16.6% in boys and 20.2% in girls. This is clearly one of the reasons for the high prevalence of STIs among young people.
AYPs are sexually active and practice risky sexual behavioural patterns directly leading to an increase in the number of patients patronising the STD clinic. STIs can lead to severe complications beyond the immediate impact of infections. Some STIs, such as herpes and syphilis, can increase the risk of HIV acquisition three-fold or more. Gonorrhoea and chlamydia are major causes of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility in women.
Sexual education and youth-friendly reproductive health services are urgently needed to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS/STIs. For the forthcoming 2021 World Aids Day, kindly support us in the Patient Literacy Program for AYPs with the aim of curtailing the prevalence of STIs among the AYPs in selected communities of Osun State.