Harnessing Resilience: An exploration into individual and contextual factors that facilitate uptake of sexual and reproductive health services (SRHS) and HIV testing amongst South African youth
Christie, Sarah Spence
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Youth is generally defined as young people between the ages of 14- 24 years, however, in South Africa the age range is extended to 34 years. In 2020, the estimated youth population (14-35 years) in South Africa was 20.1 million, with just over 5 million being between the ages of 15- 19 years. In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) described South Africa as experiencing a ‘youth health crisis’, reflective of a syndemic disease burden caused by early childbearing, poor nutrition, high HIV incidence, sexual risk behavior, substance abuse, violence, and injuries.