A comprehensive primary health care (PHC) approach: PHC program of responsible sex for adolescents in Hong Kong

Queenie K.Y. Lai, Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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Owing to the influences of Western culture, Asians tend to be more promiscuous. Adolescents going through the stage of cognitive development are more vulnerable to engagement in risky sexual behaviours. Both global and local studies indicated teenage pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) rates as alarming. The studies also reflected the inadequacy in current sex education and complexity of social problems. In Hong Kong, only a minority of the people know about the sexual health of adolescents due to lack of a large scale comprehensive PHC program regarding adolescents' sexual health. As a PHC advocator, we propose a pioneering community-based 2-year program to (a) educate and deliver safe sex messages to adolescents; (b) promote the importance of responsible sex; (c) empower adolescents for correct sex attitude; (d) enhance effective communication between adolescents and parents in relation to sex; and promote the importance of PHC programs to the society and community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Issues in Chinese Contexts
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781536112177
ISBN (Print)9781608761784
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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