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Taboo surrounding sex education puts young people at higher risk of HIV

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 22, 2019   /  07:01 pm
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Courtesy of Tabu.id All ears: A health activist reaches out to school students and young people across Indonesia to raise awareness on reproductive health and youth issues.(Courtesy of Tabu.id/-)

Most Indonesian parents can easily talk with their children about politics, religion or the latest celebrity gossip, but not sex. Discussion and information surrounding sex education and sexual reproductive health has long been missing from families and the formal school system because many still consider it taboo and worry that discussing it will encourage youngsters to have premarital sex. But a lack of education about sex could make youngsters vulnerable to being infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A survey by Reckitt Benckiser Indonesia, the local arm of the England-based multinational consumer goods company, through one of its contraceptive brands Durex, found that 61 percent of teenagers were afraid their parents would judge them if they asked their parents about sex and reproductive health. “On the other hand, 59 percent of parents still think ...