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72 pc Indian youth have unprotected sex: Survey

At least 40 per cent of the youth polled in India say they had problems accessing contraceptives.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:October 3, 2011, 9:00 AM IST
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72 pc Indian youth have unprotected sex: Survey
At least 40 per cent of the youth polled in India say they had problems accessing contraceptives.

Mumbai: As many as 72 per cent of sexually active young people across the country have had sex with new partners without any protection, an international survey says.

At least 40 per cent of the youth polled in India say they had problems accessing contraceptives when they needed, while 36 per cent said they knew a close friend/ family member who has had an unplanned pregnancy.

Nearly a one-third got wrong information about contraception from friends.

The survey, conducted in April-May this year, focused on the issue of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Eleven international NGOs, including International Planned Parenthood Federation, Population Council, and Women Deliver, were a part of the initiative, launched by Bayer HealthCare in 2007 to mark world contraceptive day (Sept 26).

This was the third such survey, the people covered were in the age bracket 15-35.

Titled 'Clueless or clued up: Your right to be informed about contraception', the survey shows alarmingly high levels of unprotected sex among the youth.

It also finds that respondents avoid asking healthcare professionals about contraceptives, and many cannot rely on their schools to provide comprehensive sex education.

The online survey was carried out in 29 countries with over 6,000 participants. In India, the number of respondents was 200, with an equal breakup among both the genders, aged between 20 and 25, drawn from all the states.

Worldwide around 41 per cent of the 208 million pregnancies which occur each year are unintended. In addition to this, one in 20 adolescent girls gets a bacterial infection through sex every year and the age at which infections are acquired is becoming younger and younger.

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