This module is designed to increase the awareness and understanding
of the reproductive health needs of young adults among policy-makers,
program directors, program planners, and health care providers.
It is also designed to enable these audiences to provide more
adequate health services to youth.
To offer high quality services and care to youth, policy-makers,
administrators, and health-care providers need to remain abreast
of current information and practices. Unfortunately, there exists
a significant gap between knowledge gained through research
and the application of those findings in everyday practice.
The purpose of this module is to help close that gap by providing
up-to-date, scientifically accurate information. The module
provides a core of information that can be adapted as needed
for various audiences.
Section I of this module provides background information that
will help policy-makers or providers:
- increase their awareness of characteristics of young adults
and their reproductive health needs.
- understand the important reasons to focus attention and
provide reproductive health/HIV prevention services to young
Section II of this module provides information for providers
and program directors and planners that will help them:
- identify the essential elements needed in providing reproductive
health services to young adults.
- identify the most effective ways to reach youth with services.
Section III of this module provides technical information that
will help providers:
- increase their knowledge about appropriate contraceptive
methods for young adults.
- identify the criteria for advising use and discontinuation
of contraceptive methods among young adults.
Section IV of this module provides basic information that will
- increase their knowledge of STI prevalence and prevention
- identify the most important programmatic tools in STI/HIV
prevention services for youth