Valentine’s Day – There’s nothing romantic about unsafe sex.
Smart young people should not be shy about seeking information on sexual and reproductive health.
There is a concern that young people are engaging in unsafe sex, particularly on Valentine’s Day.
Many young Cambodians assume Valentine’s Day is an occasion when lovers show their affection for one another by having sex.
There are many risks associated with unsafe sex, including unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Many young people are unaware that there are a range of contraceptive methods and services that are safe and available for them including condoms, the contraceptive pill, contraceptive injections and contraceptive implants.
What is important, however, is that each individual uses the method that is right for them.
Condoms are the most effective means of preventing the spread of STIs, and work well in conjunction with other methods that prevent unwanted pregnancy.
It is the responsibility of young men and women to ensure they are protected against unwanted pregnancy and STIs.
There are many myths and rumours, as well as inaccurate information, in magazines and on the internet, about contraception options for young people.
Compounding the problem, young people are often too shy to talk to their families or peers about sexual and reproductive health.
For youth-friendly, accurate and confidential information, Marie Stopes International Cambodia (MSIC) has developed a hotline offering free and confidential counselling on sexual and reproductive health.
The hotline, Khnom Samrab Nak, is staffed by a team of expert midwives who are able to refer clients to a network of qualified health services throughout the country.
Khnom Sam Rab Nak counsellors are ready to take your call on any questions young people may have.
The numbers to call are 068 700 012/ 090 700 012 (free for Beeline users) and 097 767 09 05.
The line is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Marketing and Communication Manager
Marie Stopes International of Cambodia