Survey: Too Many Young People Worldwide Having Unprotected Sex

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Survey: Too Many Young People Worldwide Having Unprotected Sex

by Martha Kempner, RH Reality Check

September 27, 2011

Yesterday marked the Third Annual World Contraception Day (WCD). Held each year on September 26th, this worldwide campaign aims “to improve awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health.” WCD is sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Bayer HealthCare, the maker of numerous birth control pills and other methods such as the intrauterine contraceptive, Mirena. The campaign is supported by a coalition of international NGOs, including International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, and USAID as well as scientific and medical societies such as the Asian Specific Council on Contraception, the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health, and the International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

In honor of the event, Bayer conducts a survey of young people around the world to assess their knowledge and use of contraceptive methods. For this year’s survey, “Clueless or Clued-Up: Your Right to Be Informed About Contraception,” researchers from GFK Healthcare interviewed a total of 6,026 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in 29 countries. Depending on the location, interviews were conducted online, by phone, or face-to-face.

The findings are not surprising but they are alarming as the survey confirms that young people worldwide lack information about and access to contraception and as a result are having unprotected sex quite frequently.

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