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What Youngsters Think of Sex

The International Planned Parenthood Federation, a sexual reproductive health and rights organisation, released startling statistics on attitudes of young South Africans towards sex.

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When quizzed about where they got their sex education, 38% of the surveyed youngsters (aged 16-24) said they learnt from friends, 19% relied on TV and the media and 18% took advantage of sex education in classrooms. Only 4% were told about the birds and the bees by their families, confirming the awkwardness many parents feel discussing sex with their children.

The survey further revealed that 37% of teenagers had their first sexual encounter shortly after their 16th birthday, compared with 22% who lost their virginity aged between 14 and 16, while 12% admitted having had sex before turning 14. The survey also revealed that sexually active youngsters weren’t using contraceptives consistently. (www.ippf.org)

Aurelia Mbokazi, Destiny Magazine, March 2013

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, www.randomramblings.co.za and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.

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