Young adults (ages 15-21) in your community are facing high rates of unplanned pregnancies and STIs. You could become a part of a movement to improve sexual health for you, the friends you care about, and the community you’re growing up in.
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In your own words...
We surveyed teens in Orangeburg and Richland counties about local sexual health services.
What information needs to be included in an education program or initiative?
- “Information about birth control and pregnancy. The different diseases you can catch if you’re not having sex in the right way.”
- “Using protection and what is the best method of protection. Education programs don’t really go into detail.”
- “Self-confidence issues, and helping students become comfortable when they speak.”
In what ways are you actively involved in adolescent sexual and reproductive health?
- “I talk to my parents and little brother and tell him about it because he is two years younger.”
- “I read information about @empowered.sc and post things with information.”
- “I tell my peers where they can get protection from for free.”
What gaps do you see in current approaches to teen pregnancy prevention?
- “Birth control. They don’t tell you all the different kinds or how they work, so you get on one and can gain weight and still get pregnant. I know my school (Richland 2), from 3rd grade up until sophomore now we learned parts of female, male, STDs, and pregnancy, but not data to tie it to.”
- “Don’t really explain LGBTQ+ stuff.”
- “Don’t be sexist, like a lot of people target women, but males can be just as educated.”
- “Were told not to do it instead of how to be safe before doing it."