Adolescents face particular health risks, especially with regards to sexuality and reproduction. Each year, 7.4 million girls have unintended pregnancies, and 3 million experience unsafe abortions. And they make up a significant portion of new infections; over 800,000 young people are infected with HIV every year. It’s clear that young people need a range of sexual and reproductive health services and they need these services to be delivered in a sensitive, appropriate manner that respects their rights to confidentiality, privacy, and informed consent.
This factsheet reviews the evidence on the key elements of providing adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and generating demand and community support. It is based on an article that was published in a Journal of Adolescent Health supplement.
The research and review articles were developed as part of an expert group meeting convened by the World Health Organization, United Nations Family Planning Fund, and the International Women’s Health Coalition.