Child and Youth Council together with Youth Right Advocacy Network Chiang Mai conducted a survey among 170 young people aged between 12-24 years old for Valentine’s Day. Fielded on February 10, 2018, the surveyed areas included Tung Khao Tok flea market, Fah Sai Shelter, and Maejo University flea market in Chiang Mai with the following six topics:
- Do teens prefer sex with condoms?
- Do you use condoms when having sex?
- Do you think your friends will have sex on Valentine’s Day?
- Could ‘external ejaculation because of pregnancy?
- Does sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) possible from having unprotected sex with your partner only?
- Could you get pregnant with only one partner?
Citing the survey, half of the respondents believe Valentine’s Day has something to do with teen sex (44% assumed their friends would have sex on that day). Though most teens know ‘external ejaculation’ is not effective pregnancy prevention (79% thought external ejaculation can cause pregnancy) and use condoms when having sex (83% said teens use condoms when having sex) but most of them believe teens, in general, do not use condoms when having sex (74% voiced teens do not use condoms when having sex). Additionally, they believe sexually transmitted disease (STD) infection is possible with unprotected sex despite a sole partner (79% opined unprotected sex could bring you STDs although you have sex with your partner only). Above all, just one unprotected sex can lead to pregnancy (76% replied even a single-sex could cause pregnancy).
Child and Youth Council and Youth Right Advocacy Network Chiang Mai not only did a survey on teen sex and Valentines’ Day but also provided youth and locals accurate information about condoms. Teens are educated on their reproductive health right according to the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act B.E. 2559 (2016). Article 6, schools are required of age-based comprehensive sexuality education; this is part of the rights that every teen is entitled to.
This survey conducted by Children and Youth Council and Youth Right Advocacy Network Chiang Mai is supported by the Chiang Mai Office of Health, Chiang Mai Shelter for Children and Families, Chiang Mai Social Development and Human Security Office, Chiang Mai Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Solution Sub-committee, Raks Thai Foundation, Thai Health Promotion Foundation (THPF) and UNFPA Thailand. Representative youths were trained through this activity so that they could collect youths’ feedback and monitor Chiang Mai strategic operation according to the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act B.E. 2559 (2016).