'66pc of teenagers indulge in unprotected sex'

HARARE - Zimbabwe needs to intensify age-specific interventions on sexual and reproductive health amid indications that the majority of young women are having unprotected sex, a women rights lobby group has said.

The sentiments follow 2014 research findings by Guttmacher Institute and University of Zimbabwe’s Centre for Population Studies which state that two thirds of sexually active women aged between 15 and 19 revealed they were having unprotected sex.

“Just one third of single 15-19-year-old women who reported having had sex in the past year used a condom with their most recent partner,” reads the research report.

“A far lower proportion of female than of male adolescents said they could get a condom on their own. Among married adolescents, condom use is far lower, at five percent, which leaves them vulnerable to HIV infection”.

Edinah Masiyiwa, Women’s Action Group (Wag) executive director, said discussion on sexual and reproductive health remains taboo in families.

“How many of us talk about sex with their parents or vice-versa?” she asked yesterday at a stakeholders briefing in Harare.

“At the end of the day, adolescents are not aware of options, do not know where or are not confident of accessing these crucial services.

The report says fewer than half of adolescents in Zimbabwe have comprehensive knowledge about HIV and Aids and there is little difference by gender (42 percent of males and 46 percent of females)”.

Wag programme officer Olga Makoni said apart from opportunistic infections, a plethora of systematic barriers were also exposing a lot of young people to unwanted pregnancies.

Comments (10)

Fambai nebhora vapfana, kana ukateya mariva murutsva one way or the other uchangosviba magar0 chete, after all, handiti ndeako.

kitsi - 28 January 2015

Hona muZimba wako!

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 28 January 2015

Nhai vamunyori navamupepeti wenhau, research yacho inonzi chii nekuti ndoona zdhs ririro gwaro ratingashanda naro kuti tinzwisise nhau dzeutano dzakadai. Nyaya iyizve hauna udzamu kana kunyorwa zvakakwenenzwerwa.

watseni ngume - 28 January 2015

Manzwa zvisizvo vamupepeti. Kwanzi 2/3 of SEXUALLY ACTIVE. Hazvina kunzi 2/3 yavo vese. Remember mukati ma teens muri kutangira pa 13years. Your report is misleading to say the least. Hongu zvinhu hazvina kumira mushe senyikaasi tambirai pedyo nechokwadi.

jore - 28 January 2015

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faith - 29 January 2015

twonaka manje tuma 15 years olds utwo twusina ma condoms

zvakare - 29 January 2015

people should be informed about sex and if people are doing it now then there should be need to protect them reality is people are doing it and instead of shunning them let hem be proected

Tinerudo - 30 January 2015

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