Study: Today’s youths sexually active and curious

KLANG: Data on pregnancies among unmarried teenage girls is lacking as only those who seek antenatal care in hospitals are known.

But there are various small-scale studies to indicate that teenagers today are sexually active.

According to senior principal assistant director of the Ministry of Health’s Family Health Development Division Dr Nik Rubiah Nik Abdul Rashid, 6.5% of teenagers were sexually active in 2010 compared with 2.2% in 2004.

She said a 2008 survey among teenagers seeking counselling revealed that all but one of them had had sex.

Nationwide, 18,652 girls below 19 years of age gave birth last year 14,430 were married, and 4,222 unwed.

“Adolescents’ knowledge on reproductive health and sexually transmitted diseases are generally low, at between 47% and 59%,” said Dr Nik Rubiah at a seminar on teenage pregnancies organised by the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital here.

Senior consultant and head of the hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department Dr Haji Mohamad Farouk Abdullah said young women (and men) needed the skills to abstain from sex until after marriage.

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