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Addressing diversity in adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20423736     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The social, economic, and biological events that mark adolescence profoundly influence and shape future adult lives. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, education, and other social programs are needed to support young people for a healthy start. As adolescents transition into adulthood, SRH programs and services that have skilled health providers, in combination with other social services including comprehensive sexuality education, can help prevent unwanted pregnancies, maternal mortality and morbidity, as well as sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS. Programs and services can also provide counseling to prevent sexual violence and abuse and deal with its consequences. Adolescent SRH programs can be more effective if the demographic diversity of this age group is studied. Vulnerable adolescents should be targeted as priority recipients of youth-friendly SRH and other social support services. Data demonstrate that adolescent girls living in rural areas who are not in school and who are often married as children are vulnerable to maternal mortality and morbidity, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortion, HIV infection, and sexual violence and abuse. Building adolescent capacities and opportunities requires programs that support adolescent social, economic, and health assets so that they can contribute socially and economically to their societies. A healthy adolescent population is critical for low-resource countries, where a rising proportion of the population is under 24 years of age. Recommendations for strengthening the effectiveness of SRH programs detailed at the FIGO World Congress in 2009 are discussed.
Laura Laski; Sylvia Wong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-04-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  110 Suppl     ISSN:  1879-3479     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-04     Completed Date:  2010-09-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S10-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2010. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch, Technical Division, UNFPA, New York 10017, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / mortality
Adolescent Health Services*
Cultural Diversity*
Developing Countries
HIV Infections / prevention & control,  transmission
Maternal Mortality
Pregnancy in Adolescence*
Pregnancy, Unwanted
Reproductive Health Services*
Sex Education*
Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control
Spouse Abuse / prevention & control
Young Adult

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