Adolescents not interested in abstinence message

Adolescents not interested in abstinence message

Most young people have resolved not to pay attention to messages of abstinence, adolescent health providers in the Tema Metropolis, have said.

The health providers say although abstinence messages continue to be disseminated, most adolescents look like they are no longer interested.

They observed that the most reluctant to these abstinence messages are adolescents who have already had sex.

Adolescents not interested in abstinence message

Adolescents not interested in abstinence message
Source: UGC

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According to them, the current situation has rendered the preaching of abstinence messages non-effective.

It looks like the abstinence preaching is not working as they prefer going for sex rather than abstaining.

“One of my clients, who is about 16 years, is carrying her second pregnancy even though we advised her to abstain after the first one,” an adolescent health provider said, as quoted by the GNA.

They attributed this to the advent of family planning. Some believe that the availability of family planning services to the adolescents makes them believe they are free to have sex, since it protects them from unwanted pregnancies.

The health providers noted that most adolescents aged between 10 and 19 were on family planning.

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This was disclosed during last Wednesday’s adolescent training programme for the providers, patrons of adolescent school clubs, Social Welfare and Community Development, media and the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service.

Meanwhile, the National Programme Officer, Adolescent Health, Ghana Health Service, Gifty Francisca Ben-Aryee, urged adolescent health providers not to force abstinence on adolescents who visited their facilities.

According to her, adolescents need to be educated on sexual health but that cannot be achieved by imposing decisions on them.

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