Youth of Today More Inclined to Sex Than Before
Byline: Jenny F. Manongdo
QUEZON CITY Adolescents of today are inclined to sex, and because of this, they are prone to reproductive health problems, sexually transmitted diseases, and unplanned pregnancies, according to the Young Adult Fertility Survey (YAFFS).
The survey, conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute in 1994 and 2000, aims to study youth sexual behavior and present a picture on their sexual activities.
YAFFS found that about 2.5 million or 18 percent of the youth had already experienced pre-marital sex and that 80 percent did not use any method of protection, such as pills or condoms.
It also showed that 23 percent of the countrys 15 to 24 years old young people had sex, with 10 percent forced into the act by their partners.
Two studies revealed that many of the young people do not have enough knowledge about avoiding unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
"This condition puts them at risk, considering that both males and females are attaining sexual maturation much earlier and they put off marriage to a later age. This makes them engage in risky sexual activities that expose them to reproductive health problems. …