Young people in Serbia are starting to have sex earlier and earlier; first sexual experience at the age of 16

According to the Minister without portfolio responsible for demography and population policies, Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, the sexual activity of young Serbs always begins earlier with every new generation.

New research shows that young people have sex for the first time at the age of 16, on average, while, in 2013, the age when they had their first sexual experience was 17 for boys and 18 for girls, reports the Danas daily.

At the round table titled “What has changed?”, organized by the United Nations Population Fund in Serbia aimed at improving reproductive and sexual health, the Minister underlined that young people get their information about sex and sexual health from reading sensationalist articles in the media, talking with peers or through the Internet: “It would be good for educational institutions to pay more attention to these issues,” she suggested.

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Speaking of reproductive and sexual health, she noted that progress has been made in the last 25 years, but that there were still many challenges to be made with perhaps the biggest one being birth control.

The Minister also stated that many women, including educated ones, were continuing to use traditional contraceptives and only 20% of them use modern methods. 7.4% of Roma women use contraceptives and out of 1,000 girls in that national community, 157 of them fall pregnant while still being minors.

Mirjana Rasevic, director of the Demographic Research Centre of the Institute of Social Sciences, said that in the last 25 years, i.e. since the first international conference on sexual and reproductive health was held, things have changed in Serbia.

“The overall mortality rate of children and the death rate of children under the age of five have been reduced, as has the percentage of women who marry before the age of 15 and 18,” said Rasevic.

According to Rasevic, the number of abortions in Serbia, which is among the highest in the world, poses a great problem, as a long delay in deciding to have children, which is a major demographic problem.

(Nedeljnik, 30.09.2019)

https://www.nedeljnik.rs/slavica-dukic-dejanovic-mladi-sve-ranije-imaju-seks-granica-spustena-na-16-godina/

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