What is it about?

Adolescence refers to the stage of transition from childhood to adulthood in which many physiological and psychological changes are experienced, including puberty. Almost all adolescents are at risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and are more prone to spreading them due to the lack of accurate health information, and engagement in risky behaviors. However, data on sexual behavior in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries are limited, likely because of religious and cultural condemnation of premarital sex, non-marital sex, and homosexuality.

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Why is it important?

The aim was to fill the current gap in knowledge about these issues and provide evidence that can inform policymakers, families, and communities in tackling challenges related to adolescent sexual health.

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This page is a summary of: Exploring Sexual Behaviour and Associated Factors among Adolescents in Saudi Arabia: A Call to End Ignorance, Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, January 2019, Atlantis Press,
DOI: 10.2991/jegh.k.181210.001.
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