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Sexual and reproductive health at various stages in life

Health worker explaining birth control in Juba.

Children, young people and adolescents need special support to help them become responsible adults. In many societies though, they are not given any appropriate education. Although many adolescents are sexually active, efforts are actually made to prevent them accessing information, health services or condoms and other contraceptives. This results in unwanted, high-risk pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS.

Sexual and reproductive health is also an im­por­tant issue for older and elderly people though, and they too need better medical care. Elderly women in devel­op­ing coun­tries, for instance, often suffer cervical cancer and uterine prolapse, both of which can be relatively easily diagnosed at an early stage and success­fully treated, as they are in industrialised coun­tries.

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