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  • In Uruguay, young people who benefit from social security are entitled to 12 vouchers for 15 condoms—one for each month of the year.

    In Uruguay, young people who benefit from social security are entitled to 12 vouchers for 15 condoms—one for each month of the year. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 September 2016

Uruguay is proving everyday to the world how much it remains a world example in terms of progressive education and technology, often combining both.

Uruguay is proving everyday to the world how much it remains a world example in terms of progressive education and technology, often combining both.

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With the financial support of the United Nations, Uruguay launched a program Monday meant to teach sexual health and reproductive rights to young people.

The application, called “The Sex Guru” is “very interactive, very interesting, fun, and thought of specifically for teenagers and young people. It gives them tips on sexual and reproductive health,” explained Santiago Soto, director of the National Institute of Youth, which is part if the Ministry of Social Development.

The app was introduced by lead singer Agustin Casanova, from Marama band, at the health ministry, and will give teenagers “the appropriate advice for a healthy sexual experience, aware of their rights, including for instance the use of contraceptives,” said authorities.

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The Sex Guru will also inform women how they can abort a pregnancy until the twelve week, and how they can seek information in case of a violent partner.

It will remind the young people who benefit from social security that they are entitled to 12 vouchers for 15 condoms—one for each month of the year.

The program, called “Dusting off a right—youth debating health,” was hugely successful when tested on over 200 people aged between 14 and 29 in 2015, in the headquarters of INJU.

“The INJU is working hard for more social inclusion, especially for the participation of the youth in public policies,” he added, as a National Council of Youth is expected to be created soon.  

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