• Vol. 32 No. 1, 25–28
  • 15 January 2003

Sexually Transmitted Infections in Singapore Teenagers



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Introduction: This is a review of sexual knowledge, behaviour and the extent of sexually transmitted infections (STI), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, in Singapore adolescents.

Methods: Data were retrieved from relevant studies, reports and statistics concerning STI and HIV in Singapore.

Results: For many reasons, adolescents are at a higher risk of acquiring STI and HIV infections. Adolescents in Singapore are still relatively conservative in their sexual attitudes and behaviour. Most of those who had sex never used condoms. Fortunately, the incidence of STI and HIV infections among adolescents is relatively low. However, this may be changing, and there is a proportion of individuals who exhibit higher risk behaviours.

Conclusions: In this age of rapidly changing morals and values, accurate information and skills need to be provided to young people to ensure that they are adequately prepared to protect themselves from acquiring STI/HIV infection.

Adolescence can be a difficult period for many individuals who have to navigate their way through complicated emotional, psychological, physical and social demands and changes. The transition from childhood to adulthood includes the formation of successful intimate relationships and avoidance of the pitfalls of sexually transmitted infections (STI), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, unwanted pregnancies and emotional turmoil.

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