Walang muwang! Survey says many WV youths innocent about sex

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Some 46.1 percent of youths aged 15 to 24 in Western Visayas do not have any source of information about sex, a new study has showed.

The recent Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS 4) by the University of the Philippines Population Institute and Demographic Research and Development Foundation.

In the study, majority of the youth in the country do not feel they have adequate knowledge about sex, with only 31 percent of males and 24 percent of females saying they have enough knowledge on the subject (

Such findings prompted the Commission on Population in Western Visayas to develop the mobile app on adolescent health dubbed “AHlam Na!”

“AHlam Na!” is a play on the “Alam na!” phrase, with the “AH” meaning “Adolescent Health.”

The app provides information on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health-related information through online quizzes on puberty, sexuality, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS).

It allows youths to share information and compare scores in the quizzes.

POPCOM 6 Regional Director Harold Alfred Marshall said this aims to improve the total well-being of young people.

The mobile app was created with Save the Children, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, and Iloilo State College and Fisheries.

Marshall said the app was launched last Dec. 13, and can be downloaded to mobile devices.