Contraception is a need for young people

contraception(kiss condoms)

On a Thursday, the world celebrated contraception day. Young people have access to technology space, some read books and the use of the internet in Uganda has expanded young people’s ability to make decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health

We all know that every person has the right to decide when to have children and with who. In Uganda, great strides have been made to raise awareness on the use of contraceptives and pregnancies aren’t always a choice but the biggest challenges young people especially girls face in accessing contraceptives are culture and religion, affordability, availability

Looking at the current statistics of teenage pregnancy, HIV rates among-st young people in Uganda is high, so many adolescents go without contraceptives information that could save their lives.

The Unwanted pregnancies are among the young people who are either not using any contraception and sometimes, young girls want to prevent pregnancy but they worry much about side effects along with other health risks

Giving young people contraceptive methods information could address these issues, thereby helping women, partners feel more comfortable with their contraceptive choices and better equipped to prevent unwanted pregnancies, space children and prevent the spread of HIV

Unwanted pregnancy is not the only risk that women face; there are better options needed to sustain progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as sexually transmitted infections

Contraceptives information should be made available for young people and we know that the current situation in Uganda is the poverty line and everyone needs to have fun, achieve their goals and we really have to promote family planning methods.

Having more better options can improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for young women

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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