ASTRA Youth delegation participated in 11th International Women’s Health Meeting
A delegation from ASTRA Youth Network participated in the 11th International Women’s Health Meeting in Brussels, September 13-17, 2011. Three AY members participated to the Meeting- Marta Szostak from Poland, Tatiana Slobodian from Ukraine and the youth coordinator of GERT Elizabet Dimitrova. They presented the network and its latest report produced in the beginning of 2011.
The report reveals the situation of SRHR of young people from 13 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. It provides information on HIV/AIDS, STIs, abortion rate, usage of condoms and youth friendly health services.
The three representatives pointed out the need of sexual education in schools. It is essential for young people to receive comprehensive and scientifically based information.
Adolescents don’t use condoms very often because the prices for them are an obstacle. Often there is a discussion in young couples who should buy the condom. Abortion rate is also very high and with a tendency to increase. The increase of HIV spreading is also alarming. The main reason for all these issues is the lack of sexual education. A survey done in Georgia among young people shows that only one out of five students knows that HIV cannot be spread via mosquito bite. Although in Ukraine officially there is sexual education in schools many teachers share that they are afraid to use the word “sex”.
Copies from the report were distributed among the participants.