China Country Advocacy Brief – Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE): The Way Forward

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China faces a somewhat unique problem, where their definition of youth (15 to 34 of age) is different than that of the United Nations (UN) (15 to 24). This causes a few problems when it comes to research on adolescent issues in the country, seeing how under the current definition of youth, they account for 31.92% of the total population of the country. Aside from the usual patriarchal and hegemonic heteronormative values that has taken root in the country, the rising trend of adolescents having their first sex at a very young age means that comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is needed now more than ever. Young people in China generally lack knowledge about their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially on contraception and HIV/AIDS. The current brief dives deep into the state of CSE in China, as well as the knowledge gaps, the reasons and impacts, as well as recommendations to government on creating inclusive programs that projects sex-positive attitudes.

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Rui Deng, Feng Jiao, Jiping Luo, Xin Li and Weihong Hu