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Misconceptions, Stigma Among Young People Discourage Access To Sexual, Reproductive Health Services In Nigeria

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Stigma deters young people from accessing contraception in Nigeria
Nnamdi Eseme, member of the Key Correspondents network, which is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance

“…Young people have unique experiences of stigma and discrimination and youth friendly services are essential to tackling issues around unwanted pregnancies and risk of HIV. … In Nigeria, as well as across Africa, poor knowledge of modern contraceptive methods, sociocultural practices, lack of relevant health policies and youth-friendly services are factors that continue to limit young people accessing sexual and reproductive health services. … It remains to be seen how Nigeria, and all the other member states of the U.N., will truly embrace the new [Sustainable Development Goals] and ensure that young people are not left behind when it comes to ensuring healthy lives for all” (11/2).

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