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RIOS, Luís Felipe et al. Towards adulthood: chances and barriers in the sexual health of young Brazilians. Cad. CEDES [online]. 2002, vol.22, n.57, pp.45-61. ISSN 0101-3262.

In this paper we present the results of a recent contextual dynamic analysis about the chances and barriers in the sexual and reproductive health of Brazilian youth. For this research, we reviewed the most recent academic literature, identified the main governmental and non-governmental actions on this theme, and interviewed experts in the area. In this work, we present the main themes, conceptions and actions regarding the sexual health of youth and identify some of the gaps in the research and intervention of non formal education until the insertion of Sexual Education in the Brazilian Curriculum Parameters in the second half of 90´s. In our conclusion, we present an agenda for research and action aimed at stimulating more effective strategies to promote the sexual and reproductive health of Brazilian youth.

Keywords : Reproductive and sexual health; Brazilian youth; Contextual analysis; HIV/AIDS epidemic; Adolescent pregnancy.

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