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Adolescence is a critical time for experimentation and risk taking.

Males account for 52.6% of the responses, while females account for 47.2%.

Most of the participants reported that they have engaged in such behaviours while still in school.

Furthermore, 44.8% of male adolescents in the 15 to 19 age group stated that they have more than one sex partner; while 10.5% of the females reported the same.

The YAFS study also reported that 11% of the Filipino males and females sample aged 15-24 have experienced sex partners of the same gender (Crisostomo 2003).

These results show that for a majority of these adolescents, their first sexual intercourse was either unplanned or against their will.

Very few of the respondents used some form of contraception during their first sexual coitus (males: 32.5%; females: 12.3%) and during their last intercourse (males: 27.3%; females: 17.1%).

Only 46.4% of same sex partnerships are “paid”, the rest “happened because they are in a relationship”.

Gleaning from the aforementioned findings, it is important to understand the adolescents’ contexts and constructions of these sexual relationships and their attendant risks.

Using the WHO definition of adolescence, adolescents aged 10-20 years old comprise a significant portion of the Philippine population..

These words reflect the process of becoming and a stage of blossoming, from childhood to adulthood, a process that is believed to be replete with challenges centred not only around the definition of one’s self, but also on establishing one’s perspectives and values regarding the different domains of one’s sexuality.

According to the Young Adult Fertility Survey (2002), there are 15.0 million young individuals in the 15-24 age group; of this figure, 7.9 million are within the 15-19 age range, and 7.1 million are between the ages 20 to 24 years old.