• 6 in 10 adolescents were willing to engage in sex for the first time due to curiosity. 

Sex education illustration
Sex education illustration
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A Survey by the Performance Monitoring for action, Kenya has found that 2 in 5 adolescents have been sexually active. 

The survey conducted in 11 counties in Kenya further showed that more than half of sexually active adolescents were equally willing to engage in their first sexual activity. 

It further showed that 6 in 10 adolescents were willing to engage in sex for the first time due to curiosity. 

Another 2 out of 10 engaged in sex due to peer pressure while another 1 out of 10 were motivated to indulge in sexual activities after consuming some substances. 

While engaging in their first sexual activity, 5 in 10 teens were keen on preventing pregnancy while only 4 out of 10 used contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. 

However, the survey found that 6 out of 10 teens did not use a pregnancy prevention method during their last sexual encounter. Only 3 in 10 adolescents used male condoms, leading to 14% teenage pregnancies. 

Performance Monitoring for action is led by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the International Centre for Reproductive Health Kenya(ICRHK), National Council for Population and DEvelopment, and Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

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