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||LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia: Population and Family Research Division
||HIV, Aids, Population, Reproductive health, Adolescents, Youth, Adolescent sexuality, HPV, Fertility, Malaysia
||Excerpts from Malaysia's country statement at the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, 24 April 2012, New York.
||Adequate and accurate sexual and reproductive health information helps young people to make informed and responsible decisions. Howewer, cultural and religious sensitivities within the communities remain one of the major challenges in implementing reproductive health education for young people. Parents are still uncomfortable talking about reproductive health matters with their children ,leaving their children dependent upon information from their peers or other sources like the internet. The Government of Malaysia takes cognisance of the increasing importance of the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and youth in Malaysia. Hence, the Government of Malaysia has put in place various policies and programmes to handle the sexual and reproductive health needs of the adolescents and youths. One of the main initiatives is the Healthy Programme without AIDS for Youth (PROSTAR). The Government of Malaysia also has established six youth-friendly adolescent centres known as kafe@TEEN to increase access to reproductive health information and services for young people aged 13 to 24 years.