Prior to the onset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Guyana’s shores, the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) held comprehensive sexual education talks in schools, but this was discontinued because of the risk the COVID poses.
While Guyana is back to some semblance of normalcy, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at GRPA Jasmin Cort said that the campaign would recommence shortly.
Cort explained that these talks focus on the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), as well as other topics aimed at educating adolescents on how best they can protect themselves.
“Hopefully, in the new school term, this would commence again, but yes, we have been doing sessions in school and out of school and not just in Region Four; we have travelled to multiple regions conducting such sessions,” Cort told MTV News Update in a recent interview.
Additionally, Cort is urging adolescents who may need contraception or to get tested for an STI to visit the GRPA, where they can access these services. She assured the public that persons’ medical records are kept confidential.
“We all have the right to testing, to access testing. In Guyana, you do not have to be a specific age; once you feel I need to get tested or I need to access contraceptives, you have that right to access that, and you can come to GRPA or any other health institution,” Cort posited.