In South Africa, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights are enshrined in section 27 of the Constitution, which states that “everyone has the right to access health care services, including reproductive health care”. Sexual Reproductive Health Rights encompass an important group of human rights and include the right to define your sexuality; the right to education, including the right to comprehensive sexuality education. Below, our Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Handbook contains information developed to help young people navigate adolescence and topics such as mensuration, puberty, safe abortion and HIV.
Our Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Handbook has also been depicted in a series of animations which portray some of the experiences and realities of young people in relation to their sexual reproductive health rights.
In South Africa, sexual reproductive health rights are enshrined in section 27 of the Constitution, which states that “everyone has the right to access health care services, including reproductive health care”. But what does this mean for you? This video provides the 411 on your sexual reproductive health rights.
Contraception is the deliberate use of artificial methods to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of unprotected sex. In South Africa, adolescent boys and girls have a reproductive health right to obtain free contraceptives from their local health facility. There are various types of contraceptive options to choose from so its best to consult your local health care worker to discuss which contraceptive method will work best for you.
STIs are infections that are passed on from one person to another during sexual activity. Some STIs are symptomatic and present signs on and around the genital region, while other STIs are asymptomatic and may not easily be noticed. It is therefore important to get screened for STIs regularly at your local clinic.
There is lots to know about HIV: How does one get infected? How to prevent infection? and understanding treatment as prevention. This video also challenges unfounded myths and beliefs about HIV and confirms that people living with HIV and taking antiretroviral (ARV) treatment can live long and healthy lives.
Are you aware that in South Africa a woman of any age has a right to access a safe abortion at a designated health care facility? Many young people die premature deaths because of obtaining unsafe backstreet abortions. To prevent this occurrence, it is important to put a stop to misinformation about abortion and ensure that young people know their reproductive right to access safe abortion.