According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Idris, about 51 percent of Nigerian girls are exposed to sex before the age of 18 years.
The figure for Lagos State is about 24.5 percent, a big surprise.
He made these revelations while speaking at the National Institute of International Affairs , Victoria Island, Lagos on “Reproductive Health: Beyond cultural limitations and concerns.”
He attributed the disparity in sexual exposure across the country to female education, urbanization, early marriage among others.
But other contributing factors include socio-economic status, socio-cultural norms, work, child abuse, rural-urban migrations, human trafficking etc.
Early expose to sex translates to increased prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancies, birth injuries including vesico-vaginal fistula, violence and mental health problems.
He therefore advocated improved access to knowledge on reproductive health that could affect sexual behaviour positively and also better access to reproductive health services.