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Sexual health services top the list for young people<p>​</p><p>Apart from Primary Healthcare services, the City of Cape Town’s clinics offer a basket of youth-friendly health services, including contraception, pregnancy testing and antenatal care, family planning and education.</p><p>In order to attract young people into the clinic environment to access the services, a number of measures have been introduced in recent years, including:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">training clinic staff to be sensitise towards young people seeking sexual health and reproductive services;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">using queue marshals to fast-track learners needing family planning services;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">introducing youth clinics, or set hours focusing on youth services</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">introducing a new appointment system, encouraging follow-up visits; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">developing engaging educational material, available in clinic waiting areas.</div></li></ul><p>In recent years, clinics also started offering Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), which is a highly effective HIV prevention method for HIV-negative people who feel they may be at risk of contracting HIV.</p><p>In recent years, HIV self-screening (HIVSS)and Index case testing (ICT) have been introduced at some clinics, as well as substance abuse and mental health treatment options.</p><p>In the 2020/21 financial year (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), City clinic clients in the 15 – 34 age group accounted for:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">85,15% of clients accessing PrEP</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">84,1%  of clients on Basic Antenatal Care</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">78,5% of clients receiving services relating to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">70.1% of all family planning clients </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">64,9% of clients who had HIV tests</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">56% of clients accessing substance abuse treatment services</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">39% of clients accessing TB services</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">32,3% of clients on ART</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">33,4% of clients utilising mental health services</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">6,7% of clients receiving treatment for hypertension</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">5,5% of clients receiving treatment for diabetes</div></li></ul><p>‘Based on an overview of statistics, our youth are definitely making the most of some of our basket of services specifically designed for them, which bears testament to the hard work that has gone into making clinics more youth-friendly. However, while there is a high demand for STI screening and testing, antenatal care and PrEP, the statistics show that there is work to be done in other areas. HIV testing rates in this age group remain low, and so too TB testing and treatment, as well as ART treatment. </p><p>‘Recently, we highlighted a 70% increase in new hypertension cases in the 18 – 44 age group. So, while sexual health is and should remain a top priority for our youth, our appeal is that they also take a more holistic look at their health. We need a departure from the notion that some diseases are limited to older people. The hypertension data, for one, suggests otherwise, so early screening and detection for chronic diseases, but also HIV and TB, are critical,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p>2022-06-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0b858893-1ef6-46d3-9364-6c1c772e881d;L0|#00b858893-1ef6-46d3-9364-6c1c772e881d|Clinics;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3a31f012-d65b-49b4-b54d-288fbcb9090e;L0|#03a31f012-d65b-49b4-b54d-288fbcb9090e|Pregnancy Week;GP0|#a46ad8aa-2a99-4057-b3e9-aa514480fbb6;L0|#0a46ad8aa-2a99-4057-b3e9-aa514480fbb6|family planning10

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