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What if...? Do any of these situations sound familiar?

Love and lust

You know a girl in your class.

You always look at her from a distance, but you have never spoken to her. It seems she hardly notices you. You really fancy her, but you don't have the courage to talk to her.

What do you do?

Your best friend has been going with a guy for a couple of months.

They seem to be very much in love. The three of you often go out together. You've got to know your friend's boyfriend and each time you see him, you like him more. You think you are falling in love with him.

What do you do?

Every week you go shopping for your mother.

In one of the shops, there is a guy working there who you really like. He is always very friendly with you and he is always making jokes with you. He once took you out for a coffee. Now he is asking you out again. You really want to be close to him, but you are afraid of what might happen. You are a virgin and you feel that this is important for you and your family.

What do you do?

Recently you went out with a girl.

You have the feeling that she is madly in love with you. You like her, but you don't share the same feelings. Now she wants you to come over to her place. You know that you will be alone with her. You expect she will ask you to have sex with her.

What do you do?

You are at a party.

You've met a guy you have never seen before. You're having a good time together, talking, drinking and dancing, when the guy asks you to come over to his place for a cup of coffee.

What do you do?

You take a girl out to the cinema.

Afterwards you have a drink together. You fancy her, but you are not sure how she feels. The girl opens her bag and you see she has got some condoms.

What do you do?


All young people of the world regardless of sex, religion, colour, sexual orientation or mental and physical ability have the following rights as sexual beings

1. The right to be yourself - free to make your own decisions, to express yourself, to enjoy sex, to be safe, to choose to marry (or not to marry) and plan a family.

2. The right to know - about sex, contraceptives, STDs/HIV and about your rights.

3. The right to protect yourself and be protected - from unplanned pregnancies, STDs/HIV and sexual abuse.

4. The right to have health care - which is confidential, affordable, of good quality and given with due respect.

5. The right to be involved - in planning programmes with and for youth, attending meetings/seminars etc, at all levels and trying to Influence governments through appropriate means.