Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association

is an NGO dedicated to the positive Sexual
and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
of the people of Guyana.
Through
awareness,
education,
and
healthcare services provided in a confidential
and non-judgmental environment, we
promote individual choice, family planning,
safe sexual and reproductive decisions, and
enhanced Sexual and Reproductive Health
and Rights (SRHR).
COUNSELING
SERVICES

CLINIC SERVICES

Relationship
Family

What are Sexually Transmissible
Infections (STIs)?
You may have an STI and don’t know it! STIs and
viruses like HIV are transmitted from one person to
another during sexual contact. Many of these
infections and diseases have devastating and
lifelong effects. Ensure you and your partner get
tested.

Lifeskills

Adolescent
Sexuality
Gender Based

Violence


Sexual Abuse






Contracting an STI or virus is something you never
want to have happen to you.
HIV can lead to the disease AIDS. If left untreated
the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means
that once you have HIV, you have it for life.

PRECAUTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
If you have questions about sex,
sexuality, contraceptives or you just
want to get some information. Visit us
and talk to one of our Providers,
Counselors or Youth Peer Educators.
GRPA offers a safe and confidential environment,
where we cater to the needs of all persons.

HIV Counselling and Testing
Sexually Transmitted
Infections (STIs) Screening,
Counselling and treatment
Cancer Services
• Cervical (VIA, Pap Smear)
• Breast Examination
• Prostate (PSA test)
• Testicular Examination
Family Planning, including
Contraceptives
Termination of Pregnancy
Gynaecology Examinations
and Consultations
General Health Services
Blood Grouping
Diabetes Screening
Laboratory Services
Ultrasound
Youth & Family Friendly
Space
And MUCH MORE

visit us at
70 Quamina Street, South Cummingsburg,
Georgetown,
tele: 225-3286 | 225-6493
info@grpa.org.gy
website: www.grpa.org.gy
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A teens Guide to Sex
and Sexuality
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Guyana Responsible
Parenthood Association

HOW much

do you

As a teenager, your body will experience physical
and emotional changes, leading you to discover
new interests and new fascinations in other
persons.
A major part of becoming the great person you’re
growing to be is defining and understanding your
sexuality.

SO

you are

READY?

You might have figured out your
sexuality. But what about the

sex thing?

Your sexuality is the way you feel
towards others when it comes to attraction
and intimacy. Sexuality is not the same for
everyone, and it is important that you
understand the way you feel.

Many teens are not mentally and emotionally
ready for sexual activities. Before taking this step,
you must think, learn and plan for your sexual
encounter.

To understand your
sexuality, think about:

Having sex comes with a lot of responsibilities, and
only you know when you’re ready for it.

Your body - Your anatomy
Gender - boy, girl, transgender
Gender identity - feelings and expressions

The question ultimately becomes,
‘everyone is doing it, so why not me?’

Choosing to wait is okay. In fact, there are many
reasons for you to consider when deciding when
the TIME and PERSON are right for you.

of gender

Here are a few things to consider:

attraction towards other human beings
Sexual behaviours - including masturbation
and compelling sexual feelings
Values, attitudes and ideals - about love
and sexual relationships

› It’s your body. It’s your decision. It’s your right.
› Sex can be fun and feel good, but when only
practiced safely with the other person.
› Sex is only one part of a relationship. You should
be comfortable, secure and cared for.
› Ask yourself: Is there mutual trust and respect in
your relationship?
› Most importantly, do you know how to protect
yourself against unwanted pregnancy or
contracting an STI?

Sexual orientation - sexual or romantic

YOUR BODY
YOUR DECISION
YOUR RIGHT

Sex Readiness

What does this mean to YOU?
Sex Readiness means more than whether your
body is physically ready or able to have sex

If you are under 16 years and having sex, your
partner can be punished under the Laws of Guyana.
Deciding to have sex is a HUGE decision. If you
plan on having sex or are sexually active,
here’s a couple of things to think about
› Contraception—learn about how to
protect yourself physically and
emotionally, both against sexually
transmitted infections, viruses and
unwanted pregnancy
› Condoms can be used as a birth control
method and protect you against contracting
most STIs
› Get tested for Sexually Transmitted
Infections (STIs) some STIs can be
transmitted through kissing. Know the HIV
status of your partner—getting tested is key
to establishing trust, and staying healthy
› Discuss safe sex options with your partner
and know their sexual history
› Sex shouldn’t hurt, talk to someone
› If you are being forced to have sex or do
sexual acts or are being victimized, this is an
abuse that MUST be reported

You’re not alone! GRPA there are professionals with years of experience who can help you understand sex and
sexuality. Together, we can all make the best decisions for our health and the care of those around us.