Launched in October 1993, Straight Talk
has come out ten times a year since then (Nov/Dec is a double issue and January is a calendar) . Providing comprehensive sexual health education for English-speaking usually in-school youth aged 15-24, this newspaper covers a range of issues from delaying sex to family planning and preventing abortion.
maintains that not having sex is the wisest choice for adolescents in school. Sex is profoundly consequenceful, with risks of HIV/STD infection, pregnancy, loss of the opportunity of education, and social consequences such as forced early marriage and imprisonment for boys. However, we also recognise that many young people are sexually active so Straight Talk
provides comprehensive information on family planning, condom use, voluntary counselling and testing . It also conducts a conversation with young people about handling sexual feelings, “good sex” and thinking critically about relationships. The publication provides ‘sex-positive’ content on understanding body changes and sexuality. The content of the newspapers is adolescent-driven, based on questions, letters and interviews with young people.
In addition to sexual health and HIV prevention, Straight Talk addresses issues, raised by the adolescents themselves, such as alcohol, rape and PEP, relationships with parents, money problems, cultural pressures to marry early, and how to manage girl-boy relationships. For out-of-school readers, local language Straight Talks focus on include topics such as couple communication and trust, family planning, condom use, VCT (voluntary counselling and testing) and PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV) and marriage.
is produced in English. The local language Straight Talks in recent years have been produced in Luganda, Lwo, Ateso and Runyakitara. Straight Talk
and Young Talk
are also produced in Braille for visually-impaired adolescents. The print run is about 300,000 for each English Straight Talk
and 500,000 for each Young Talk
, 100,000 each for Luganda and Runyakitara, and 60,000 per Lwo and Ateso issue. 100 copies are printed for our Braille readers.
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