A Feasibility Study on the Sexual Reproductive Health Service Delivery Model to Youths in South Africa

BACKGROUND/CONTEXT

South Africa is in the grips of a devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic. Numerous studies have shown that the peak incidence of HIV/AIDS occurs in young people aged between 15-24 years. Apart from this, the country has been experiencing escalating rates of adolescent pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which have adversely affected the youths’ health and socioeconomic status.

One of the main contributing factors that has led to these high rates of pregnancies and STIs among South African youth has been the lack of awareness and access to sexual reproductive health (SRH) youth-friendly services. Another contributing factor is the stigmatisation of youth by health care professionals, when receiving SRH services. While the two factors may be driving forces in the increasing rates, the physical accessibility of healthcare facilities, especially in rural and peri-urban communities also remains a challenge.

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