My interest in sex started at Teshie at a tender
age of about 10 years when I chanced on some
three boys having sex in turns with an equally
young girl.

I was forced by them to have a taste of the act
which they described as enjoyable when I
threatened to report them to their parents.
This is how Augustus Koku Gbedemah, a 24-
year-old artist who is the president of the
Kwesi Plange Electoral Area Adolescent Boys
Community Group in Tema, narrated his
experience to the Ghana News Agency at the
Adolescent Corner at the Tema Metropolitan
Assembly's (TMA) Clinic.

Gbedemah, who enjoyed the experience,
continued to explore with girls who were far
older than him when he relocated to Tema, and
even extended his sexual activities to his
master's daughter during his apprenticeship at
Ashaiman, an experience he saw as
adventurous since his master never discovered
his activities.
Another adolescent disclosed amidst smiles
that he had his first sex at the age of 13 but
did not discharged into the girl as he was
afraid. According to him, he currently has two
girlfriends and that he had regular sex with
one and only engaged in kissing and caressing
with the other.

At the Tema Manhean Health Centre, a 19-
year-old Junior High School (JHS) finalist,
whom I choose to call Gina said she had her
first sexual encounter at the age of 15 with
somebody she described as her boyfriend who
she is still in a relationship with.

For them, they had a mutual understanding to
engage in sex with the use of condoms. Gina
said she has never regretted embarking on that
journey. Some of her friends, who said they
were waiting until they complete school,
disclosed that they had engaged in some form
of caressing but did their best to avoid having
penetrative sexual intercourse.
The story of Mary is far different from her
peers above, the 14-year-old is seven months
pregnant. Dressed in a blue satin dress, she
wore a sad face, as she narrated her ordeal at
the Adolescent Corner of the Tema General

Mary indicated that she dropped out of school
at class five as her mother had no money to
see her through school while her father was
only interested in spending the few coins he
got on the consumption of alcohol.
She was left with no other option than to stay
with her aunty at Ashaiman while she sold
sachet water to make a living and support her
mother's sister who had agreed to
accommodate her.

It was on one of her hawking rounds at the
Ashiaman Kuffour station that she was called
by a woman who claimed she wanted to buy
some of her water. She asked her to enter a
kiosk and she locked her in with a 40-year-old
man who defiled her.
She became pregnant and a report to the
Police leading to the arrest of the man who is
still on trial.

To help girls like Mary to overcome their woes
and look up into the future, Adolescent Health
Providers in the four centres in the Tema
Metropolis, provide counselling, coping
mechanisms and sometimes financial support
to put a smile on their faces.
The centres also provide opportunities to
others like Gbedemah, Gina and their friends
to share their experiences and serve as peer
educators to their peers.

They also receive education on the need to
abstain from sexual activities, use of condoms
and contraceptives, personal hygiene, breast
examination, sexually transmitted diseases,
abortion, among others.
These interactions, the adolescents agreed, had
informed them and changed their decision
making especially in respect sexual
reproductive health matters.

To them, more centres must be opened in the
communities as they provided them with the
opportunities to discuss and talk freely about
their feelings, challenges and fears without
being judged by their parents and society.
Statistics from the Tema Health Directorate
show that the Metropolis has 107,945
adolescent and young people's out of which
Tema Central, accounts for 31,295 while East
and West have 34,314 and 42,336

Out of the figure, 713 teenage girls got
pregnant in 2016, 85 engaged in abortions that
nearly killed them, 27 contracted HIV/AIDS
while 1,333 were put on family planning.

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