Researching adolescent sexual health

Investigating sexual behaviour of young people
Collection and exchange of age-specific data at both community and national levels, including information on factors that affect sexual behaviour and contraceptive use, rates of unsafe abortion, maternal mortality and morbidity, sexually transmitted diseases and the costs of unwanted pregnancies.
Assessments of current and new methodologies for innovative programmatic activities in the field of adolescent sexual health and dissemination the results of case study findings.

The WHO recently analyzed 35 studies of sex education programmes in schools around the world. The analysis concluded that sexual education does not lead to earlier or increased sexual activity. Of the 35 studies cited, 16 found that the onset of sexual activity was delayed among youth with sex education, and among those already sexually active there was a decrease in the extent of sexual activity or increased use of 'safer sex' practices. The survey also found that programmes promoting both delayed sex and protected sex were more efficient than programmes that stressed abstinence only.

Type Classification:
G: Very Specific strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender Equality