Are you ready for a talk about sex? Let’s face it, we all need it. It’s no secret that sex is a basic physiological need, but when it comes to discussing sexual health in Nigeria, the tone changes drastically.
The cultural and religious beliefs in Nigeria tend to hamper discussions about sex education, which often leaves adolescents confused and vulnerable. Despite the efforts of a few NGOs, the Nigerian government’s efforts have not been enough, making it even harder to address the challenges faced by adolescents.
What sexual health truly entails
Sexual health is not just about avoiding teenage pregnancies; it’s about empowering young Nigerians to make informed choices about their bodies and well-being. It’s about understanding the potential risks of unprotected sex and being proactive about your health.
We cannot deny that sexual experimentation is part of growing up, but it is important to do it safely. With the increasing spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, young people must be educated about safe sex practices.
Why the society must change its views about sexual choices
As a society, we must recognize that teaching kids about sex does not promote promiscuity. Instead, it provides them with the necessary tools to be responsible and make informed choices about their well-being. It is also important to note that sexual education should not solely focus on heterosexual relationships, but also on the trends in the LGBTQ+ community as well, as they require accurate information and education on them too.
The case for birth control
Furthermore, young people must be given access to affordable and effective contraception. Birth control methods can prevent unwanted pregnancies, and STIs, and empower individuals to make informed decisions about when to have children.
In conclusion, promoting sexual health education in Nigerian adolescents is an essential investment in their future. It is time we break the silence and equip young people with the knowledge and support they need to make informed and responsible sexual choices. The conversation about sex education should start in homes and schools, with a collaborative effort between parents, teachers, and NGOs. By doing so, we give young Nigerians the power to take control of their sexual health and live fulfilling responsible lives. It’s time to start talking!