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Governments Should Step Up Reproductive Healthcare, Asia Pacific Conference Says

by Gopalan on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM
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 Governments Should Step Up Reproductive Healthcare, Asia Pacific Conference Says

Governments in the Asia Pacific region should step up their sexual and reproductive healthcare, it was urged at the Fifth Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) held in Beijing.

   "Few young people receive adequate preparation for their sexual lives. This leaves them potentially vulnerable to coercion, abuse and exploitation, unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV," read the Youth Declaration announced Sunday.

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In the circumstances, the declaration said, national governments and civil societies to offer consultation and services on sexual and reproductive health to young people, especially to marginalized groups such as migrant workers.

    The declaration also noted that poverty and malnutrition make young people in the region vulnerable to greater risks of HIV transmission.

    Statistics from the conference show that there are more than five million HIV cases in Asia and the Pacific, and over half of them are under 24, Xinhua noted.
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    The APCRSHR is hosted every two years since 2001 as a platform for the Asia-Pacific countries to exchange experiences in promoting reproductive and sexual health. 

         The Fifth APCRSHR, co-sponsored by the National Population and Family Planning Commission of China, the United Nations Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, runs from Oct. 18 to 20.



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