Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week) is a yearly campaign designed to raise awareness on sexual and reproductive health and promote resources to improve community health in Canada.
This year SRH Week is from February 8-14 with the theme: Youth-friendly care: it’s your right.
Every young person deserves to have their sexual health taken seriously. Youth-friendly sexual health care centres the experience of young people and sees access to sexual and reproductive health as a right. It means having open, non-judgmental, trauma-informed, and sex positive conversations about sex, sexuality, and sexual health.
Youth-friendly care also means seeing sexual health as an integral part of our overall health. It means looking at how issues like age, gender, race, or sexual orientation can have an impact on access to health care.
Young people are the experts when it comes to their own health. They are a diverse group with different needs and desires and the care they receive needs to be adapted to their unique experience.
This year’s campaign is for young people and anyone who works with or alongside them. We want every young person to feel empowered, comfortable, and supported when they visit a healthcare provider. That’s why we will be sharing resources to help clinics offer youth-friendly care, diving into topics like sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, and much more.
Webinar: Youth-friendly care happens here!
How can health care providers ensure that they are upholding the rights of youth in the context of sexual and reproductive health care? By providing (and advocating for) youth-friendly care, health professionals improve individuals’ experiences within the health care system and positively affect population-level health outcomes now and into the future.