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Why do young people need contraceptives?

The concern in many cultures and society that knowledge would lead to earlier or increased sexual activity among unmarried adolescents is being addressed through large-scale advocacy on sexuality and reproductive health education affecting a positive change in people’s attitude. But information provision alone will not prevent too early and unwanted pregnancies in those who are sexually active. Besides, the phase is marked with risk taking behaviour where risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is perceived to be very low despite the fact that many unintended pregnancies occur within a year of first sexual intercourse and around fifty percent of people living with HIV/AIDS belong to young population (10-24). Therefore, making modern contraceptive methods accessible and its use comfortable to all young people, whether married or unmarried, is an essential step to combat the unwanted consequences of risk taking behaviour of young people.

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