Young people deserve respectful, culturally competent care when accessing basic health care services. But some find a trip to the doctor winds up more like a stint in the principal's office.
An interview with Jessica Shaw of Canadians for Choice reveals that information about sexual and reproductive healthcare is not as easily accessible in Canada as we would like to think.
Editor's Note: Today we welcome Pamela Pizarro, writing from Canada. She has experience with youth coalitions and will be writing about the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth in Canada.
Youth are curious; it is one of our fundamental traits as young people. It helps us to explore and learn about the world around us. Curiosity about sex and sexuality is something that every young person goes through. We begin by exploring our own bodies, and then move on to exploring the bodies of others. It is a natural progression that each individual goes through, and when we encounter questions about our sexuality we look to our peers, educational institutions and our parents for answers.